In a way this passage reminds me of Abbot and Costello’s old comedy sketch “who’s on first” Abbot is trying to explain the weird names of the baseball players and it does nothing but confuse Costello. Jesus probably felt a little like Abbot. He was trying to explain to the disciples what was about to happen and they could not comprehend the meaning of, “I am going to my Father’s house”. They didn’t get it, but Jesus didn’t leave them hanging. He went on to help them understand the bottom line: “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.” – (15,16 NET) Jesus continued and gave them more peace and said, “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.” (18 NET)
The disciples began to understand some of what Jesus was saying, and they even asked about the rest of the world. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him.” (23 NET) That was important because the message of love and hope was meant not only for the disciples, but for us too!
John 15: May we be a vine that bears fruit.
Picturing God as a Gardener can help us picture how we can maximize our lives. Are we producing fruit? Do we love as he commanded? Picturing God as the vine can do the same thing. We have no life outside of Christ. Without Him we are dead in sin. We are to remain in Him, and because of Him, everything in our lives is able to happen. How can we better put Jesus in the middle of everything we do? By making Jesus the center of our lives.