I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
A quick google search for “famous last words” turns up an amazing array of statements that are entertaining and often quite revealing about the person who has spoken them. The best ones always display the unique personality and moxie of the speaker, even during an event (dying) that is usually otherwise perceived as somber or intimidating.
Our scripture passage today can be classified as famous last words because it contains a prayer spoken by Jesus to his own Heavenly Father shortly before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. With his own earthly death quickly approaching, Jesus knew his time was fleeting and he chose his words to strategically impact the men known as his disciples and every believer who would come after them. Because these words were spoken in the last 24 hours of Jesus’s earthly ministry, they are revealing of what Jesus himself valued as important.
Jesus could have prayed and asked God for anything, but unity is his focus as his prayer continues in verses 22-23.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
Jesus said that perfect unity is how the world will know how much God loves us. We are to be united together in Jesus, as one. One person. One body. All believers as one. Can you imagine how the world would look if we as Christians were to let all our superficial differences melt away? What if we made Jesus, and him glorified such a priority that all other differences such as skin color, socio-economics, politics, denomination, and secondary doctrine didn’t matter anymore?
Think About: What can you do today to promote this love and unity in your own circle of influence in your family, at your work, or in your church?
Pray: Dear Heavenly Father I am sorry for letting the little things divide me from other people, especially those who are also members of your forever family. Please help me experience your great love in such a way that it brings perfect unity with all those around me. Thank you for working in me to produce this oneness.