John 17: Where does the power come from?

Our Lord and Master, Jesus, has all power in heaven and earth.  He has sent us to tell the world the Good News and proclaim Him as the true King of the World.

So where does the power come from to succeed in our task?

Jesus’ answer to this question is found in His prayer recorded in John 17.

John 17:23 ” I in them and you in me — that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.”

 ‘so that’: the Greek word is ‘kia hinna’ and is causal even though the KJV uses ‘and so’. Jesus himself said that If we do not walk in unity, then all of our good works and preaching will have limited impact.

Unity is the miracle that convinces the world Jesus is divine and His prayer was answered. Just minutes before this prayer, the disciples were arguing over who among the disciples was the greatest. They were arguing even though Jesus had given them strong teachings on servant leadership several times in the previous days and even that evening.

After this prayer and the resurrection, these formerly contentious disciples walked in unity. At Pentecost they were in ‘one accord’. It is startling: 3 years of power ministry by Jesus, accompanied by disciples always arguing over who was the greatest, yielded only a handful of disciples. A few days of ministry after Pentecost yielded thousands.

This unity was tested over the years, but it held even when Paul and Peter crossed swords over Jewish customs.

So how is this unity produced? Continue reading “John 17: Where does the power come from?”