Jesus had us in mind, two thousand years ago, when he prayed in the garden. It was about to become the worst night of his life. Yet he takes time to think of us and to pray for us.
In John 17, we see that Jesus prays “for those who believe because of these” and that we would be “one," just as He and the Father are One. The Hebrew word Echad is what describes “oneness."
Even though we remain individuals, we are to become “one” with the Body of Christ. The same word is used in describing the marriage vow, that the two shall become one.
It is also used in Dueteronomy 6, where is says the “Lord is one." If Jesus takes time to remember us and to pray for us just before His trial and death, then this “oneness” must be a big deal. What are we doing to promote “oneness” while remaining an individual? Do we accept? Do we invite? Do we forgive?
Written by Steve Crawford