Text: John 17:1-26.
The Gospel for today is called Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. A central part of this prayer is oneness. Remember that Jesus is fully human and fully God. He knew He could not fulfill God’s purpose without His oneness with God the Father, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And this brought such joy to His heart! –A joy He wanted to share with every one of His disciples.
“Just as you, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. (John 17:21, Amplified)” Think of that—the God who created everything, from the farthest reaches of the universe to the tiny cells that work to keep our hearts beating, wants to bless us with His loving presence in our hearts.
William Barclay noted, “What was that unity for which Jesus prayed? It was not a unity of administration or organization; it was not in any sense an ecclesiastical unity. It was a unity of personal relationship. We have already seen that the union between Jesus and God was one of love and obedience. It was a unity of love for which Jesus prayed, a unity in which men loved each other because they loved Him, a unity based entirely on the relationship between heart and heart.”
“As Thou hast died for me, so may my love to Thee
Pure, warm and changeless be, a living fire.”
~ Joyce Rea, Deacon