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John 17:20-26, Live As One

Key Verse

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.
— John 17:23

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, June 2, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


Main Idea: Jesus’ desire is for all of God’s children to live as one.

Jesus was entering a turbulent time in his ministry. He was soon headed for the cross, which would include a violent rending of the community. Some would love Jesus to the end; others would despise him unto death. Families, communities, and political allies would be torn apart as Jesus’ work culminated in this moment.

But a rending of the community was not what Jesus wanted. He wanted for his death to mean more – to be the bridge that could unite families and communities under one God, one love. Jesus had to work his way through brokenness before he could hope to achieve unity. His life, offered freely in love, would be the catalyst for social change, global unification, and spiritual transformation.

Today, we are still rent, torn. Our families, communities, and political allies are still divided. We live in a world where Jesus’ vision for humanity has not yet been fully realized. At the same time, we have been given the tools and the model for living and working toward unification of humanity. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, this world has been transformed already into a place where hope, love, and meaning thrive. Even while we wait for his transformation of the world to be complete, we can work every day to bring this world closer to it.

Tiny thing... the other day I went to eat in a new restaurant. A server brought us our drinks, and although I speak virtually no Spanish, I told her, “Gracias.” Her face lit up with a huge smile that made the whole table smile. A bit later she returned and asked me in Spanish if I spoke Spanish. I replied “Un poquito,” which, loosely translated, means “I took French, not Spanish, but I hope ‘poquito’ is something close to ‘a little’.” She responded that she speaks “poquito” English, and we shared a tender human moment of vulnerability and connection.

I have started to dabble in learning some Spanish for this very reason... I can only imagine how isolating it must feel for her to be living and working in a country that speaks a language she doesn’t understand, and that doesn’t speak hers. If I could learn even enough to have conversations with the people I encounter (more often than I’m probably even aware), that might just move my corner of the world a tiny bit closer to the unification of humanity Jesus desired for us. So...

Yo soy una mujer. Mi nombre es Kimberly. Estoy aprendiendo espanol. Amo al pueblo de Dios. Amen.


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