“This song was released in my previous album. The name Vineyard was initially chosen by my beatmaker and I thought it would be a great name and a great fit to spread the gospel. For this one I was inpired by the Bible verse from John 15:5 which says that Jesus is the vine and we’re the branches. Without Him we can’t do anything nor bear any fruit. Jesus is the only connection we have to God’s grace.”
The track, ‘Vineyard’ is a wonderfully balanced combination of melodic beats and inspired lyrics. The song was released in Brandyln’s previous album called “Hopes For Tomorrow”. It is the most streamed song of all the songs on the album thus far.
The lyrics makes clear its focus right in the beginning in the first verse, “Jesus is the vine, and He’s the Winemaker. We’re the branches, binding up on the tree of life”.
In scripture, the analogy of the Vineyard consists out of the main characters. The Vine, which holds the roots and the branches. This serves as a metaphor, the relationship between the vine and the branches paint a picture of the relationship between God and His people.
In John 15: 4-5 Jesus says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
We see that this descriptions that Jesus gives us is that of a mutual relationship. Not only do the disciples abide in Him, but He promises to abide in His disciples. This shows the closeness that Christ has bought for us in our relationship with the Father. We were once far off, alienated from God because of our sin but now He calls us friends.
Jesus is indicating that He desires have a relationship not only then with His disciples but today with us. But it is important to note that abiding is a choice that we have to make. We have to decide to abide.
When we abide in Him, just like branches that are connected to the vine, which is its main source we will bear much fruit. That fruit can be seen in our growth as Christians as transform more into His imagine.
Galatians 5:22-23 shows us the evidence of the Holy Spirit working in us as we abide in Christ. In time we produce fruit, namely, “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“When our Lord says: Abide in me he is talking about the will, about the choices, the decisions we make. We must decide to do things which expose ourselves to him and keep ourselves in contact with him. This is what it means to abide in him.” (Boice)
When we are disconnected from Christ, we are like branches that are cut off from the vine. A branch that is not connected to the vine cannot survive, much less bear fruit. It withers and dies.
Our spiritual lives are the same. When we are connected to the vine our lives show it because fruit inevitably sprout from our lives. When we are disconnected our lives show it too because we wither away in our faith and our witness.
Choose to abide in Him, friend. Apart from Him, you can do nothing but in Him, you will blossom beautifully.