Christ did not say "I am the wine of life". Why not? First, because wine is not essential to natural life. Secondly, man's tendency to misuse wine would have found a justification of its misuse.

But Christ did say,

"I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him
will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing."
(Jn15:5)

The life of the vine is in it sap which flows to its branches and makes them flourish with abundant grapes. If we cut off a branch it dies and is good only for the fire.

How do we explain this flow of divine life from Christ into the human heart?

By his death-resurrection Christ has released into the human heart the power of the Spirit and the love of God, to a new level of activity. "Through his Spirit we can think, feel and speak and act in a new way. Through the presence of the Spirit in us we know God in a new and intimate way. We feel strengthened and comforted, ready to undertake difficult tasks or endure severe trials. The Sprit teaches us a new way of considering what is important and what is not." 78

I Am the Vine (from John 15)
(Courtesy of Adrian V. Miller)

 

I am the Vine, you are the branches
He who abides in Me and I in him
He it is that bears much fruit
For apart from Me you can do nothing (repeat)

If you abide in Me and My words abide in you
Ask what you will and it shall be given to you.

I am the Vine, you are the branches
He who abides in Me and I in him
He it is that bears much fruit
For apart from Me you can do nothing.

He it is that bears much fruit
For apart from Me you can do nothing
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This is My Body & Blood