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In the Vine
Love is a wonderful thing
For a little word it has a tremendous impact. This word affects everything I say or I do.
What do you picture when you hear “IN”? Here are some of the things that immediately come to my mind.
Being IN love:
Safely tucked IN their beds...
Safely IN bed:
Home Sweet Home
IN my home:
Safe Under His Wing
The Psalms accentuate the importance of IN; particular the idea of what I am IN-to! What gets my attention and brings me "feelings" of safety.
The Psalmist has strong direction to give aid in this question.
Psalm 91: He who dwells IN the shelter of the Most High
Will rest IN the shadow of the Almighty
Psalm 16: Keep me safe, O God, for IN You I take refuge!
The spectacular event of the Passover also comes to mind
If one was not IN a home whose door frames were painted with the blood of the lamb specifically chosen for this occasion there was death, the firstborn – had to be IN
And we are all firstborn IN Jesus! We must come IN under the safety and refuge of the Blood of Jesus.
A clear lesson of IN
Who am I IN to? Everyone is IN to something.
Am I Into...
What is it that makes me feel safe, loved secure? If it is anything other than Jesus, it will be short-lived; it is false. A diabolical deception!
Jesus spoke of being IN Him. Abiding IN Him as He is the vine – the life-giving vine – and we are the branches. (John 15:1-17 – there are 15 “IN’s” in just this specific passage.)
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus invited…“Come to Me, All you who are weary and burdened, And I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and humble IN heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
IN Jesus I WILL have rest.
A fantastic word