They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 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. 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.
‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 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.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
When I read this scripture, I can’t help but feel the passion of Jesus’ plea for his followers. So how can Jesus expect we, as humans, to be “one”? In a perfect world, everyone would get along and there would be no disagreements, conflicts, divorces, or wars. Thousands of years later, we still can’t all agree whether it is among family members, a church community, or our government leaders.
There is a way that we can all be one. We can love Jesus as one even if we have differences of opinions—as long as we’re a part of a loving community of believers. God wanted this for us so much, that he became one of us through Jesus.
Gracious God, teach us to rejoice because we are one community of followers of Jesus, despite whatever differences we may have. Amen.