6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and it withers, and they are gathered together and thrown into the fire.
Jesus put a great amount of emphasis on the necessity of His followers remaining in Him, and the consequences of not doing so. The alternative to not remaining in Jesus is destruction.
There is a judgement that comes to everyone who chooses not to remain in Jesus.
There is the old saying that if we play with fire we will get burnt.
As we bring up children we warn them of the dangers of playing with things that get very hot, we warn them not to play with gas rings, electric stoves, open fires, matches etc., because we have learnt about their dangers.
Children are often fascinated by these things, therefore we have to give them severe warnings about their dangers.
Jesus warns us all about the dangers of not remaining in Him, it is like playing with fire.
Not to remain in Jesus is to place ourselves firmly in the world, and the judgement that the world will come to.
Some might say that the world is a good place to be in since God loves the world. It is true that God loves the world, and His word tells us this:
This is the way in which God loved the world: it was so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who is believing in Him should not be lost, but might have eternal life – John 3.16.
The Father’s love for the world is not to leave people drowning in their sin, but to rescue them and to deliver them into His Kingdom of Light.
Choosing to inhabit the ways of the world is the choice of death and judgment, it is the rejection of God’s love.
Let us read God’s word again:
17 For God did not send the Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 Those who believe in Him are not judged, those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in the Name of the One and Only Son of God – John 3.17-18.
Each day, and many times during each day we must choose to remain in Jesus, in