"In the beginning was the Word..." Jesus is the Word of God. Here is what the Word of God said, that is, what Jesus said: JESUS, the WORD of GOD: Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who remains in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. Please explain why Jesus would bother teaching his disciples about the possibility and the implications of not remaining in him.