“You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” Psalm 80:8Psalm 80
In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine who brings salvation to God’s people. In saying this, Jesus reveals the end of a story that Asaph began in Psalm 80.
Asaph refers to a grape vine in the psalm to explain what happened when God’s people left Egypt. He tells how God brought a vine out of Egypt and carefully transplanted it in Canaan, protecting it with a wall. For a time the vine grew to epic proportions. It filled the land, grew taller than the trees, and gave shade even to the mountains.
But, as Israel’s prophets explain, the people failed to produce the good fruit of righteousness. They rebelled. They grew wild and worthless. So in His judgment, God allowed the protecting wall to break down and His enemies to destroy the vine.
It is at this moment that Asaph cries out to God to save Israel. “Look down from heaven and see,” he pleads. “Watch over this vine… the son you have raised up for yourself ” (v. 14-15). God answered this prayer by sending to you and me the true vine: Jesus Christ.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” (John 15:4)