“May they all be one”
Jesus’ prayer reaches to the future; to all those who would believe in Him through the witnessing of the disciples. Certainly, this prayer is for us. Our faith has come through the sacrifices of the apostles and the missionaries, who laid down their lives to propagate and shared the “joy of the Gospel” with us. But what did Jesus really mean by “May they all be one”? Was it that all believers should be under one denomination? Was it that all Christians should have one and the same doctrine; and one and the same way of worship? Or was it that all Christians, irrespective of denominations, modes of worship, should be under one authority and leadership? Or was it that all those who would come to believe in Him should have one heart and one mind bounded by and in the one love? Looking at all these possible interpretations, we can agree for sure that this prayer of Jesus still cries out for an answer and a response today. The Body of Christ in whatever ways we look at it has been fractured, fragmentised, polarised and deeply divided. We need to go back to the “New Commandment” of our Lord: “I give you a new commandment that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13: 34-35). This is the sign and the mark of our identity - love. Now we have lost it. Why then do we turn around and blame the world for not believing us, and for even turning against us?
The great challenge before each of us, is the challenge to respond positively from our little corners to the commandment of love until the world is submerged in love and transformed by love. What are we prepared to do to foster this oneness?