I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

It is important to understand that, the bible uses a lot of parables to buttress a point. Jesus used parables to teach His disciples and the multitudes secrets of the kingdom of God. Most times, some people do not understand Christ’ parables, this is because, parables convey spiritual interpretations.

‘“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener’ (John 15:1) Here, Jesus Christ is The True Vine, believers in Christ are the branches, and God is the Gardener. A vine is a tree, the branches bears fruits on a tree and a gardener is a person who works in, and takes care of the trees in the garden.

The passage  above, uses the analogy of a tree to explain our relationship with Jesus, and God The Father. A branch of any tree cannot function in isolation; it needs the tree to bear fruits. If a branch is cut off from a tree, the branch will die. In the same vein, a gardener walks around the garden and takes care of a good branch but removes the branch that is unfruitful.

Basically, the entire passage is teaching us, of the importance of Jesus Christ (The True Vine) in our lives. In life, we cannot achieve anything meaningful without Jesus Christ. A life without Jesus is filled with struggles and uncertainties. When a Christian tries to function on his or her own power, his/her life can never be fruitful because, it is only by the grace of God through Christ, that we can become successful in life.

Now, God expects us to be fruitful in our lives just the same way a gardener expects his trees to bear fruits for Him. How can we bear fruits? By getting connected and remaining in Jesus, the True Vine. You see, God watches over those whose lives are firmly knitted together with Jesus Christ and blesses them accordingly. Verse 7 says: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done unto you’ That means, one of the benefits of remaining in Jesus Christ is, receiving answers to our prayers.

Are you connected with Christ Jesus or is your life like a detached branch which is about to wither? When a life is detached from its source, it loses its glamour radiance but suffocates like a fish that is thrown out of water. You need Jesus to succeed, you need Jesus to be complete in life.

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