That They May Be One

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Seventh Sunday after Easter | June 2, 2019

Acts 16:16-34 • Psalm 97 • Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 • John 17:20-26

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

John 17:20-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

We have reached the last Sunday in the season of Easter. It’s a reminder that we celebrate Christ’s resurrection every time we gather for worship. Again our reading from John is before the crucifixion, just before Jesus and his disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane. However, before they go, Jesus prays a prayer for his disciples

Our scripture today takes us toward the latter part of this prayer, where Jesus prays that his disciples – and the ones who would come to Christ through their message would be ONE. Jesus prays that the disciples would be one, just as the Father and He are one. I don’t want to get into the complexities of the Trinity this week. We will save that for two weeks from now. But the Trinity is an amazing thing. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are three and yet one – especially one in mission. I really believe that this is what Jesus was calling his disciple to be – to be one in mission. In is our unity in mission and love for each other that gives us credibility to the world.

Last night, we had a farewell dinner for one of the pastors in our ministerial association. He won’t be going far, but will be outside the boundaries of association. I love our ministerial association. There are eight churches represented, but over the last year, we have really become united in mission and that mission is to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was great to see the fellowship around the table. Unfortunately the table was so large that we couldn’t talk to everyone at the same time. Nonetheless, the fellowship was wonderful.

Our love for each other should prove to the world that Jesus was sent to save everyone from their sin. Our unity ought not glorify ourselves, but it ought to glorify the Father and the Son.

Finally Jesus prays this: “I have reveal you [the Father] to them and will continue to do so.” What I see here is again our mission. Our like-minded, single focus as believers should be to reveal the Father to the world. We do that for our love for God, the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit and we do that through our love for each other.

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