A Sad Commentary

John 17:20-26

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”  NRSV

Jesus prayed to his Father “that they (we, his followers) may be completely one.” It seems Jesus’ prayer for unity never made it in or was systemtically left out of the Bible for a majority of Christians. Division and factionalism define the church, not oneness.

I can’t help but wonder what a different kind of world it might today if the majority of Christians had taken Jesus’ prayer for oneness or unity to heart? The ecumenical movement would have never been needed because we would have all already been one in Jesus. A very sad commentary on the state of the church today and, frankly, on every generation before us.

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