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Investigating Jesus

Investigating Jesus Part 33

Jesus’ Last Prayer:
Jesus prays for all disciples (John 17:20-26)

Now Jesus prays for all those who, through the work of the disciples, will become his followers. As such, it brings all Christian disciples into intimacy with Jesus and a part of a dynamic relationship with Him. What does Jesus pray for his church of followers? Jesus prays for unity. That is unity is on various levels.

Firstly, it is unity on the invisible, supernatural level (John 17:21-22). The life of all Christian disciples is inextricably linked to each other, through the love and obedience of God the Son and God the Father. Christian disciples are united because Jesus imparts upon them, the glory given to Him by God the Father (John 17:22). Secondly, this unity is also physical, in so much as through a visible unity, people will come to know Jesus personally and take up the offer of reconciliation with God (John 17:21, 23). This unity is also physically seen, through the telling of the message of reconciliation (John 17:20).

Remember Jesus’ words earlier in John’s Gospel?

“My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:12-15).

As Christian Disciples, we are to love others. All others. No exception. There are to be no barriers to love. We are to love others extraordinarily. In doing this, we reflect the love which God has lavished upon us. We can love others this way if we see them through the eyes of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who lives within all Christian Disciples and unites us.

 

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