Friday 20 October 2017

John 17:20-26 Narratives of separation

We live in a world of stories of separation, how we are different from others, superior to others, better than others. These are Narratives of separation. I am better than you because of gender, class, money, country, Race, Religion, Sexual orientation, Disability, Age, Criminality and so on.  
there is only one race—the human race. 

All human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of 
God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. God does not show favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). 

ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud 
of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this.  All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Jesus. He commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died. 

A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof's request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina.
Roof's handwritten appeal was filed on Monday. He wrote: ͞It will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.͟ 

 Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. 
May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

In this passage Jesus' prayer that "they may be one as we are one". Jesus story, his narrative is that we all should be one, in unity. 

 Jesus began his prayer by talking about the unity of God and then talks about the  unity of the disciples, that they should be seen as one (Tory party at the moment!). When we are one, we experience something of God. It's part of Gods nature unity as disunity is a sign that God is not present. The church supremely should be a place of togetherness to reflect God and the quality of life of the Church so that people will recognise that the church is made up of God's people.
Believing into Jesus carries the sense of movement toward him, resting in his authority. 
We are all eternally kept safe by firmly holding onto God during our life's journey. And this helps us to become "as one." 
The oneness Jesus is praying for is a character of God, it is observable to people who are not Christians and so it makes people want what we've got, so it invokes faith. It points to God  so that everyone we are all working in the same direction . And in that unity we should exhibit gods love, mercy, kindness, and other people will catch the message, other people will believe in Jesus.

 For John, Christ's glory is displayed in his crucifixion and God's gracious love toward a broken humanity. And being one, together will make us complete in this life. 

The lost "know" God because Christ makes him known, through his disciples, us! 



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