By Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Welcome back, my friend. The truth of God’s love for us just gets better and better the more we look at it!
Really, what the Bible says about God’s love for us is SO dramatic and fantastic that, were it not in the Bible, no one would ever presume to believe it. Today is like that.
Take time to get undistracted. You know the routine 🙂
In John 17, we have the prayer of Jesus moments before He was arrested and placed on the cross. He prays for Himself, for His 12 disciples, and for us who would believe through their message.
Read John 17:23 carefully, out loud, 3 times.
What does “I in them” mean? Think about this, and let it be something you talk to God about .
What does “You in Me” mean? How close is Christ to the Father that Jesus could say this?
How does Christ being in His people (and the Father in Christ… Who is in His people) make is possible for His people “to be perfectly one?”
Have you ever experienced “Christian unity,” meaning a unity with another person who is otherwise very different from you and with whom you would not normally connect? This unity is uncommon in the world, but universal in the church.
What message does “uncommon unity” among Christians who are, in every other way different from each other send to “the world” according to these verses?
What does Jesus mean when He prays to the Father and says that “the world may know that… you loved them even as you loved me?”
How much does the Father love the Son? Apparently so great is God’s love for us, and so complete His redemption in Christ, that when it is all said and done, the Father has exactly the same love for all of His Children as He does for Jesus, His Son. Let that sink in.
Keep letting that sink in. Talk to Him about that!
We are not always perfectly “one” as Christians. What message does that send?
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the joy of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together.
Go spend your day with the God Who loves you as much as He loves Jesus!