Thursday, 24 May 2012
24th May 2012 John 17:20-end
Jesus Prays for All Believers
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Jesus is praying that we all may be one. Together, understanding, loving, accepting, giving, living, sharing.
Are these words which even describe the body of Christ? The church has segmented and fractured and is not together.
And then we look at the world as a whole and I feel so sad that this is not happening.
Jesus your prayer is with us and over us, continue praying that togetherness for us that we might work to achieve it with you, amen.