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One Christ
Bible Passage JOHN 17:13-21
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2019 & book John.

One Christ

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 5, 2019

SCRIPTURE 📖 One Christ
13  “And now I am coming to you, and I say these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.

14  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

15  I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.

16  They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

17  “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.

18  Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

19  It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, maybe sanctified by the truth.

20  I ask not only on behalf of these men but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message,

21  so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.

BACKGROUND ✝ One Christ
In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and the entire Christian community. He prays that the unity that exists between the Father and the Son will exist among the disciples, even in His absence, and the entire Christian community as well.

Jesus prays that the disciples will remain faithful to Him and not be defeated by the evil that is in the world. He wants them to share with Him the triumphant joy that comes through successfully completing the work the Father had committed to Him.

In John’s Gospel, the ‘world’ refers to everybody and everything that opposes God. It does not mean just the physical earth. Of course, Jesus’ disciples lived on the earth.

People who oppose God cannot belong to Him. They belong to the devil, whether they realize this or not. The devil is God’s enemy. Therefore, people who belong to the devil hate Jesus. And they hate those people who belong to Jesus. That is why many people hate Christians.

When Jesus leaves the world, His disciples will carry on His work. He prays therefore that they will be neither discouraged by the world’s hatred nor corrupted by its sin, 14-17. Just as Jesus gave himself to God to carry out His work, so he desires His disciples to give themselves to God for the task of spreading His message throughout the world (John 17:18-19).

In the final part of His prayer, Jesus prays for those who will believe through the preaching of that initial group of disciples and so become God’s new people, the Christian church. He prays that the same unity as exists between the Father and the Son will bind the believers together so that through them others too will believe (20-21).

Jesus prayed that all Christians would love each other as one family. This can happen only when we are in a close relationship with God. Like Jesus’ symbol of the vine (John 15:1-17), we must remain in a close relationship with Him and love other Christians. We are all God’s children.

It does not mean that we must agree about everything. It does not mean that we must all worship God in exactly the same way. The most important thing is that we must believe in Jesus Christ. We must believe that the Bible is true. And we must love and respect each other. Our differences should be our strength and present many opportunities to the Christian community.

LESSONS ✍🏽 Arise Shine
🔷In His Image  Those who follow Christ diligently surely will face persecution from others who belong to the world

🔷In His Image  Prayer should be an important element, found in the daily plan of every believer

🔷In His Image  Instead of infighting, believers should resolve to be one in order to promote the business of the kingdom of Christ

💥One ChristAsk that you’ll abide in Christ, instead of being in the world
💥In His Image Ask for unity in your congregation
💥In His ImagePray for the Christian community and ecumenical organizations

CONCLUSION 📙 Abiding In His Words
While we confess our faith in Christ, it’s important that we rely on unity as one of the major strategies in fighting against the world. In unity lies strength.

In series Bright Morning Reflections