HOST: Ron House
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus prayed for us! What an amazing thought to consider that Jesus, at such a pivotal time in His life and mission, was thinking of us. His prayer for us was that we might be one. You have to wonder if Jesus in His foreknowledge looked down the corridors of time to see all the doctrinal error and division that would characterize those who believed in Him through the ages, and would, with pain in His heart, simply pray that we might be one. But notice that He did not simply pray for unity among His followers, but that our unity be defined by a unity with Him and God the Father. True unity, the kind of unity that Jesus prayed for, cannot be achieved without a submission to God’s will and a following of His word. If all those who believed in God and Jesus would do away with human creeds and traditions and simply follow the teachings of God’s word, then we would be united as Jesus prayed. What a wonderful thing it would be to be able to fulfill Jesus’ desire and prayer for unity among His disciples!
How does Jesus’ idea of unity differ from that of many today?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!