Today's Reading: John 17: 20-26
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This passage is the conclusion of this chapter and a beginning of a new direction for us - One, Unity!
N. T. Wright says:
But what is Jesus praying for, as he thinks about you and me and all his other followers in this and every generation? He is praying that we may be, just as the old words say, 'one, holy and universal,' founded on the teaching of the followers, the 'apostles', the ones who were with him on that occasion. In particular, he longed that we should all be one. United. This unity isn't to be just a formal arrangement. It isn't just an outward thing. It is based on, and must mirror, nothing less than the unity between the father and the son, that unity that much of the book has been explaining and exploring. Just as the father is in the son, and the son in the father, so we too are to live within that unity.
So, do you know why Jesus prayed so fervently to the Father for us so that we can be one, united? Do you know how to be one and united?
Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: Do you know how to be one?
There is no question now about the importance why we need to be one. What we need to know is not the why but how. It is so important to be one and yet many Christians fail in living that out. Actually it's very simple! It's just like Jesus in the Father and the Father in Jesus. We need to be in Jesus each day and that we can live out the power of unity!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to live out the power of unity. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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