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#36 – Tuesday – April 11, 2017

#36 – Tuesday – April 11, 2017
“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 as you have loved me.” John 17:22-23
On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed an amazing prayer: that His followers would be “one” in the same way that He and the Father are one. How are He and the Father one? They are one in substance, one in purpose, one in personality…in other words; they are perfectly united, not as two parts of a whole, but as the whole itself. They are, according to our understanding of the Trinity, the same Being.
Jesus prayer is often interpreted as a plea that the disciples would be united with each other. And though that until is certainly included in this prayer, His intent is much more than that. Jesus doesn’t just pray for unity; He prays that we would be one in the same way that He and the Father are one. And He does not specify “one with each other.” In fact, we can just as easily understand the request as meaning “one with Him.” The picture is of Jesus’ followers being drawn into the oneness that He and the Father share-the intense, unchangeable union between Him and the Father from all eternity. That’s His desire for us.
Think about that. We can be one with Jesus in the same way that Jesus is one with the Father. And it only makes sense, doesn’t it? The kind of love the Trinity has shared among its members is the kind of love that seeks to spill out towards others. It isn’t exclusive. We have been invited into the deep fellowship of Father, Son, and Spirit as welcome participants of their love. Intimate, intense, passionate, inseparable, unending.
Jesus, this invitation is beyond my understanding, but I want to step into it. I want the kind of oneness with You that You have with the Father-complete unity with You, the Father, and Your Spirit.

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