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Prepare to Listen. In your silence, offer this prayer: You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Prayerfully Read John 17:20-26
20‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’
Looking ahead to future believers, Jesus’ request is simple and repetitive: “that they may all be one,” “that they may be one, as we are one,” “that they may become completely one.” Oneness. Unity. We talk about this a lot in the Christian Church. Sometimes I think we think it means agreement on those issues we’ve determined are essential, whether moral, theological or political. But that’s conformity, not oneness. Oneness is this: “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,” and again, “I in them and you in me.” Oneness is being in Jesus with the Father. If you try to see this, as in making sense of it, you’ll get confused. Whatever it means, this we do know: we’re all in this together, whether we agree on our pet issues or not. Where Jesus goes we go, what Jesus does we do.
There’s another critical point Jesus repeats. Too often we’re focused on Jesus doing stuff for us so that we benefit in tangible and spiritual ways. But Jesus looks beyond his own who believe in him, to the world, thus he prays, “so that the world may believe that you have sent me,” and again, “so that the world may know.” Oneness in the Father with the Son is for the sake of the world, that the world may know and believe that Jesus was sent from God and is loved by God. We’re one with Jesus, not merely for our own sakes, but that the world may know and believe.
How can we show the world our Oneness in Jesus so that it comes to believe in him?
Respond to Jesus
‘That the world may know and believe.’ Forgive me Lord for expecting others to conform to my beliefs and fail to show the world Oneness in you. Help me keep this priority of yours, that the world may know, uppermost today. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world, that the world may know and believe because we live in Oneness in Jesus.
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.