In this present season, as we approach the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, we focus on Jesus Christ and his ultimate purpose to reconcile and bring humanity back to unity with God. Originally posted last year, the Verse of the Day for March 28, 2015 is an expression of that unity:
For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Amplified Bible also speaks of Jesus Christ as a mediator:
18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
For those who accept Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, believing in their hearts that God raised him from the dead, receive the power to become children of God. Romans 8:16 reminds us:
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
This reality is confirmed in 1 John 5:6 :
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
Just as God is one, He desires that we, as His sons and daughters, become one. Jesus Christ expresses that same desire in the prayer that Jesus Christ offered to God just prior to the events leading to his crucifixion and ultimate resurrection in John 17:20-23:
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
God’s desire, expressed through Jesus Christ, has always been for unity. Likewise, God’s desire for His children is that they also may become one, to be unified by the love of God. John 13:35 makes known that desire:
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
A musical expression of the unity that should be evident in the followers of Jesus Christ is “We are one in the spirit.” The popular folk classic that reached its height during the late 1960s, the period when I first experienced and subsequently manifested God’s love, is rendered here by Jars of Clay: