"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower," Jesus declares in John 15:1. Grapes are one of the oldest agricultural products in the world—no wonder Jesus used the grapevine as an illustration of his relationship with his followers, Rob Fuquay says. The video opens in a vineyard at the foot of Mount Tabor in Israel. In this video segment, we travel with Fuquay to the Israel Museum, an outdoor model of Jerusalem as it was in Jesus' day. We also see the Cenacle, the site built to commemorate the upper room where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples. Finally, we visit the owners of a vineyard as Fuquay talks with them about the care of grapevines. Pruning is an important part of maintaining healthy vines, the vineyard owners emphasize. Without pruning, the vine suffers. Jesus says the same is true in our spiritual lives. Fuquay leaves us to reflect on the importance of the connection we have with the Vinegrower (God) through Jesus.
Rev. Rob Fuquay is senior pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN. As a pastor to one of the largest churches in the denomination, Rob says as he studies Jesus, he sees someone who shows grace to all people, and he wants to be a part of a church that models that understanding. Fuquay has degrees from Pfeiffer University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters — Julie, Sarah, and Anna. Rob is the best-selling author of The God We Can Know: Exploring the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus.