“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 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. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 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. 24 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. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 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 prays for unity among his followers. Unfortunately unity is a choice and Christians have historically made poor choices. Some have made poor choices in doctrine and some have made poor choices out of fear. Some have even made poor choices out of selfish ambition. However, although there are many denominations there is one catholic church. Obviously, this is not the same as the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic with a small ‘c’ means embracing a wide variety of things, it means all-encompassing. Those encompassed by the one church are those who truly follow Jesus. It is hard to discern who are really brothers and sisters in the Lord. There are conservative evangelicals whose lives reflect fear and hatred more than they reflect love, joy, and peace. There are liberals who seem to care for the disenfranchised as Jesus did, but who deny the authority of scripture. None of us have everything right in our theology. None of us has arrived in our spiritual growth. However, how can we tell if someone has started?
Jesus prays that his disciples would be one in him and in the Father. The life we live should be geared toward knowing Jesus and there should be a resonance with others who know him too. I have often started a conversation with someone and then known that they are my brother or sister in Christ without the subject being addressed.
we find so many ways to fall out with each other and move on. We have made many denominations and founded many churches because we can’t get along. Preserve unity in the church. Preserve unity in our families. Preserve unity in our Bible schools. Let us examine ourselves before we cause disunity.
- What is about to happen to Jesus?
- Why would unity be a concern?
- What does Jesus wish for his disciples to see?
- How is unity broken among Christians today?
- How is it restored?