Future Worship at the East.
Jesus is the true vine and his Father is the vine-grower. Fruitless branches are removed; fruitful branches are pruned so that they may become even more fruitful. The disciples are expected to bear good fruit.
Jesus encourages the disciples to keep his commandments and, above all, to love one another as he loved them. The greatest expression of love is to lay down one’s life for one’s friends and, he says, his friends are those who do what he commands.
Before his arrest, Jesus prays for his disciples that they may be one as he is one with the Father. He asks that they may be protected from the evil one, and sanctified in the tru
John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15
Jesus will send the Advocate, the Spirit of truth, to testify on his behalf, and guided by the Spirit the disciples will continue the testimony to the world. The Spirit will glorify Jesus and instruct the disciples about what is still to come.
Speaking to Nicodemus late at night, Jesus says that to see the kingdom of God, one must be born of water and the Spirit, and to receive eternal life one must believe in God’s only Son.
2 Corinthians 4.5-12
Paul insists that he proclaims not himself, but Jesus Christ, who reveals to us the glory of God. Our role is to help others see Jesus by the way we live.