Christ is big into unity. He spoke so often about being one with his Father, and encouraging us that if we remain in him, we too might be one with the Father. And even more than that, because we are one with him and the Father, we might also be one with each other.
That’s true unity. Oneness in and through Christ. We might remember how Jesus was able to bridge the divide in the woman at the well, between the woman and the people of the town she lived in, and between the Jewish and Samaritan nations. How in himself, he is able to bring about perfect unity.
It’s beautiful when it happens. When we see perfect unity, perfect oneness in Jesus, it is a wonderful thing. Perhaps unity can be achieved when we rally around a cause, a project, a person, an organisation and so on. It can be passionate, it can produce results, it can even seem good and perfect.
But it’s not.
When unity is in Jesus himself, there is something beautiful about it that transcends anything else.
I saw something of this yesterday. I was told on numerous occasions that young people don’t want to hang around with older people (like me!) They just want people of their own age to spend time with. Personally, I’ve always believed that to be a lie when it comes to Jesus. He is more than capable of joining together anyone who is fixed on him, and breaking down the age divide that we often erect!
So, yesterday there were four of us who met together. One was 55, another 43, another 17 and the other 16. I state the ages to make a point. It was that none of us were conscious of that at all! It was just Jesus. Jesus central and Jesus being shared with one another, transcending any boundaries and backgrounds the world might put on us, and simply joining people together in himself.
I was reminded of when Paul says this:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Perhaps we should add “there is no old or young”, or any other division that we might be aware of.
I’m seeing this happening more and more. The walls of division coming down, and just… Jesus. The One in whom there is no division. In whom all things are held together. The One who is all. In all.
The great thing about perfect unity in Jesus himself is that there’s nothing to disagree about when Christ is all. I may have said it before, but there is nothing for anyone to grumble about when each is eating of the Bread of Life. That’s the beauty. We’re not arguing about theology, or debating scripture (or our interpretation of it) or getting upset about things that are not Jesus himself. We are simply eating of Jesus himself, and sharing the Bread of Life with others. It’s the simplicity that is so beautiful. And it’s the simplicity that can be so confounding to us at times. Surely it isn’t that simple?
It is. It really is. Try it and see! When we are living conscious of the Life in us, remaining as branches of himself, there is no limit to what he can do. Perfect unity is possible. It only requires the One.
Eat the Bread, drink the Living Water. May each of us experience perfect unity with others in Jesus himself.