MADE ONE IN CHRIST
“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
// John 17:26
“To pray is to invoke the resources of the infinite into the finite” (Pastor Touré Roberts). When we pray we call down resources from Heaven, an inexhaustible realm, and deposit them into our exhaustible situation, life here on earth. Bearing this in mind, with how much reverence and humility must we respond to Jesus’ prayer for us?
Just take that in! Jesus prayed for us!
In John 17:26, Jesus addresses His Father in Heaven and asks that we’d be made one with Him. He prays that we’d stay in His love, just as His preferential love stays in us. For He, God Himself, abides (remains, dwells, hangs out) where His love is. Therefore, we are assured that if we stay immersed in God’s love, we will stay where He is. This is quite possibly the greatest gift known to man – Christ restored us into complete unity with the Father; He in us and we in Him.
We cannot take our redemption lightly because it is the fulfillment of a prayer lifted up to God by generations of faithful followers. One of these was King David who so deeply loved the Lord that he wanted to give his life to building a house for the Lord to dwell in [2 Samuel 7]. Like the Tent of Meeting, David foresaw a magnificent temple in which God’s presence, or His ‘Name,’ would live.
About 1000 years before Jesus came into the world, David recognized humanity’s exhaustible situation: a broken relationship with God. Today, let us recognize that Jesus’ prayer invoked Heaven on earth, bringing restoration to that relationship. “You realize, don't you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16]. We no longer need to position ourselves in a temple or tabernacle to be close to God and to experience the loving presence of our Father. Instead we are one with Him through Christ, the Father in us and we in Him. And where God abides, so does His unconditional compassion, forgiveness, and charity towards us. It is in the presence of God’s love that we are set free from all bondage.
No matter where we are or what we are doing right now, we can take a moment to be immersed in God’s unconditional love for us. Let’s allow His presence to fill us and His Spirit to stir our souls!
// Roshard Bryant