Jesus says, “I Am the vine, and you are the branches. He who dwells in Me, as I dwell in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Jesus confirms for us that without Him, apart from Him we have no power, no ability, no hope. We can literally do nothing — nothing for ourselves, nothing for others, and certainly nothing for Jesus. Without Jesus, we wither. Withered branches do not bear fruit. They “are heaped together, thrown on the fire, and burnt.” (John 15:6) In one sense, withered branches are destroyed not because they are “bad,” but because they are worthless.
When attached to the vine, branches produce fruit. “This is My Father’s glory,” says Jesus, “that you may bear fruit in plenty and be My disciples.” (John 15:8)
Jesus tells us we also gain His own joy, a complete joy. We also, as we remain attached to Him, are capable of loving one another. Jesus shows us the greatest love — the love that allows Jesus to lay down His life for us. Jesus tells us, “You did not choose Me; I chose you.” (John 15:16)