Being One

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

When Jesus was about to be delivered to the hands of wicked men, He spent time in the garden of Gethsemane. In it, He “…lifted up his eyes to heaven” and prayed. There are no prayers recorded that are more poignant than that of the Son of Man in His last recorded prayer with His Father. In it, He prayed for Himself and for us. And the words that He stated should be subject for profound meditation as we strive to understand what is the height, the depth and the breadth of its meaning.
 

As recorded in John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” His prayer was that both He and Heavenly Father share in the same glory, thus making Him equal with the Father.
 

But, this was not all. In John 17:20 & 21 we read the following, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
 

Additionally, Christ continues to say in John 17:22, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:”
 

We are taught in modern society many times to be independent and to cherish independence, but the ways of the Lord are much higher. He teaches us that alone, we can do nothing. (c.f. John 15:5). He teaches us to turn to Him in every thought (c.f. Prov. 3:5,6; D&C 6:36) “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.” D&C 59:21
 

I can do nothing without God. As well, I can do nothing without you. In Christ we are One. He who abides not in this love is none of His.
 

May God bless you richly with oneness in the body of Christ.