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Jesus spent the entire last supper with his disciples teaching them to obey his commands. He started by washing their feet in an amazing demonstration of sacrificial love. Then he told them to do likewise, to love each other as he loved them.
And just before he was arrested, tortured, and killed, he prayed – for us.
He prayed that we would be brought to perfect unity so that the world would know him and be restored to the family as we have been, saved only through his grace. He prayed that we would love each other so unconditionally, so perfectly, that the world cannot help but be attracted.
Have you seen examples of unity we can apply to Jesus’ prayer for us?
My favorite is when the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans come to Coors Field to play my Colorado Rockies on a spectacular Colorado summer night. Their fans love baseball and respect the game. There is no greater pleasure than sitting with visiting fans like that who root for their team but cheer and laugh when yours does something good, too.
As the golden sun sets with the splendor of God (as it often does there) it is a glimpse of unity, and peace reigns.
Contrast the Boston Red Sox fans who came to the same place in 2007 for the World Series. It was a drunken brawl that shamed the game and their “denomination” with epic disrespect I never thought I would see. Sad as it is to say, this reminded me of the disunity of the Christian church.
What memories do these examples evoke for you?
Where have you seen unity and disunity in the same place?
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