I and the Father Are One

The small group is studying from the Gospel of John. There is something that John sincerely wants us to know. We perceive that because it is repeated…often.

I and the Father are one.

Or

I am in the Father and He is in me.

What does that really mean? Jesus was a human, a man. We have to understand that or the entire Christian faith has been a hoax. But what was it about Jesus and being “in the Father” that so impressed John?

John keeps writing in this middle part of his work about how people were struggling to understand Jesus. Not his teachings, well maybe that too, but who was he?

I’ve re-read chapters 6-10. He’s not speaking double talk the way John has it recorded. 

But the people couldn’t comprehend. When John often talks about the people being divided in opinion, I think he’s reporting that people just couldn’t figure him out. They sound like normal discussions. They don’t understand. Some people say, well, maybe this. And others say, well, not so sure, maybe that.

Was the problem that Jesus was not the Messiah (Annointed One) that they expected. He was the Messiah they deserved. The Messiah that God knew they needed.

Look at it this way, fewer than 40 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Romans sent armies and wiped out everything. Had Jesus been another King David, it would have been all over.

No, this was a different kind of guy. He took the discussion to an entirely different level. You see it in every encounter over the Scriptures. He took the discussion to a spiritual plane every time.

But even more amazing is how Jesus invites us into that relationship.

And how sad that so many people over the centuries have missed the relationship even while professing Jesus as their Lord.

“But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”

And that life can start for you now (if you haven’t already started to really live).

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