John 15: We Can't Do Anything Without Jesus

"Apart from Me, you can do nothing."

John 15:5 (b), NIV

 

John 15 is an interesting chapter. The setting is the last supper. Judas has already left to arrange the betrayal of Christ. So now, Jesus is giving the eleven faithful disciples who have remained with Him some last words of encouragement. Four times in this short chapter, Jesus commands His disciples to remain in Him. Twice, He encourages them to remain in His love. He even tells them the reason why, "Apart from Me, you can do nothing." 

 

It's frightening to consider how many people in this world do think they can do something without God and Jesus. Though the world was created by Them, though everything we have from our food and shelter to the very air we breath was given by Them, people still think they can get along just fine without Them.

 

But the truth is that we would cease to exist were God to withdraw His breath from us. Furthermore, should we fail to remain in Christ, we would be lost. On the other hand, those who do remain in Christ and in His love can accomplish just about anything they set their minds to. For with Christ we are everything, but without Him we are nothing.

 

Is it any wonder that the apostle Paul would later say, "For me to live is Christ" and, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

 

It is for truths such as these that we are reading. Today is the 83rd day of the year, and the 83rd chapter of the New Testament is John 15. It is packed with truths that will help you live the life that God has called you to.