Remember, I love you. They are our departing instructions to one we love. Learn how your comment data is processed. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This is a God-established unity that cannot fail. Thank God that he has brought us into his one church! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. . As He and the Father are one b. Make good decisions. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on John 17:21. But when the new day comes, when Christ returns and takes us home to be with him forever, then we will have access to the tree of life, eternal life, ours as a gift. Together with the Father and the Son 2. A second-grade teacher gave an assignment to her class for the students to bring an item from home that represented their religious background. Leave a Comment Christian Unity. JESUS' HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER This prayer, prayed by Jesus just prior to his death, is often called his High Priestly Prayer, because he intercedes with God in behalf of the disciples, present and future. It would be easy to hear today’s gospel as Jesus’ departing instructions to his disciples. Notice how Jesus describes this unity: “just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us,” and again, “that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one.” In theology, this is what we call the “mystical union,” that all believers in Christ are one, incorporated into the life of the one true God, in the one true church. It’s how we become one as Jesus and the Father are one. An endless, joyful eternity with our Lord and with all his people, in a paradise restored and made even better! There we will be with him, and we will see him face to face. Several things. Well, we believe in it, that is, we believe there to be but one church, because that is what God has created and what Christ here is praying for. I said some of these to Brandon when Cyndy and I would take him to church camp. You know, Peter, James, John, Andrew, Matthew–those guys. For you are among those who have believed in Jesus through the apostles’ word–the inspired witness of the apostles that we find in the New Testament Scriptures. Change ). Sermon John 17:20-26 Unity in Christ Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists John 17:20-26 Unity in Christ By Dr. Philip W. McLarty It’s important to note that Jesus’ longest and most fervent prayer was Follow Interrupting the Silence on WordPress.com, "In Those Days...." - A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Advent 1B, "I just needed to be reminded." “Jesus Prays for Us” (Sermon on John 17:20-26, by Pr. A Catholic child brought some rosary beads and shared with the class how they used the beads in prayer. Therefore, in Christ, we will have the right to the tree of life. At show and tell time, they began to share what their particular item meant to their faith. This doesn’t mean we can just sit back and wait for God to answer Jesus’ prayer. That Jesus is praying to the Father for our oneness, rather than giving instructions, means that unity is of and from God. You are. Only life and abundance and joy. Our lives and relationships are to be outward and visible signs of God’s inward and invisible presence. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 17:20-26 EXEGESIS: JOHN 17. 3. But then he goes on to say: “but also for those who will believe in me through their word.” And here he is talking about you. The tree of life–that tree we were barred from, when we were driven out of the garden after our fall into sin. Posted on August 13, 2017 by Brian Evans. The purpose of the oneness Jesus desires - Jn 17:21c, 23b a. He prays that we would be completely one as he and the Father are one. Our oneness in God results in mission, as Jesus says: “so that the world may believe that you have sent me,” and again, “so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” More and more people will come to faith in Christ as the church lives in, and manifests, and testifies to, the love of God in Christ. Amen. ( Log Out /  That is the preeminent image of a God-entrusted life. Jesus knows he is leaving. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. It is the good news of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, bearing the sins of the world in his body on the cross. Take care of yourself. It is the very life and being of God. I remember saying some of these to Randy before leaving him at the airport for his flight to Marine boot camp. Learn a lot. These all are overcome by the death and resurrection of God’s Son, Christ our Savior. Yes, you. How Our Savior Prayed in the Shadow of the Cross Part 4: Christ's Urgent Prayers for His People The Gospel of John John 17:9-26 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church – April 18, 2018 (Revised May 13, 2020) BACKGROUND: *Please open your Bibles to John … We too have a part in answering Jesus’ prayer. Speaking the truth in love, the church will be built up and grow strong, not being blown around by every wind of doctrine, but rather holding to the faith once delivered to the saints. Christ won this for you on the cross, purchasing your salvation with his precious blood. Take care of yourself. He will soon be crucified and the disciples will have to find their way without his physical presence. There was a Native American child who brought a dream catcher. We want to make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Work hard. We will work for concord in the church, seeking consensus in the pure doctrine and striving for a God-pleasing uniformity in church practice. This oneness exists at the intersection of our love for God and our love for each other. But then at verse 20 of John 17, Jesus shifts his prayer to include others, as well. Each time we live with a God-entrusted understanding of ourselves boundaries soften, divisions are not as deep, and relationships reconcile. The disciples are God-entrusted not self-entrusted. So when Jesus prays that we may be with him where he is, to see his glory, this is talking about our eternal life in heaven in the age to come. And this unity will last forever, when by God’s grace those warts and flaws in the church will no longer be seen, when they will be healed–when Christ will present the church to himself as a bride radiant and beautiful, holy and without blemish. Remember, I love you. Now of course we want to do everything we can to walk in the oneness God has given his church. Unity is cross shaped. Charles Henrickson) Posted on May 11, 2013 by Pastor Charles Henrickson “Jesus Prays for Us” (John 17:20-26) Did you know you are mentioned in the Gospel reading for today?