Is Oneness Important to God?
As a pastor, one of my deepest disappointments was to witness infighting in congregations that I had been blessed to serve. It was in the midst of one such incident that the inspiration of Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 occurred to me, becoming the text of a series of sermons and afterward the theme scripture of my Masters’ thesis.
Oneness was so important to Jesus that it was one of the major themes of his prayer with and for his disciples shortly before he went to the Garden of Gethsemane where he was betrayed. When something is one’s last prayer, be sure that it is of utmost importance and highest priority. Echo of Jesus’ Prayer – in the Church is about that prayer of Jesus.
My intent is to clearly present his prayer, explaining the astonishing background behind it, emphasizing the significance of oneness, elaborating on the weight he placed on it, stating the amazing impact he predicted oneness would bring, highlighting its strategic importance in the purpose of God.
My hope and prayer is that we—Jesus’ followers—get it, deeply understanding the oneness imparted by the Spirit, realizing that keeping it is our charge, making every effort to pursue it in one-on-one, group-to-group, and all other levels of relationships.