The theme of Pastor Harry’s sermon this past Sunday, taken from John 17, was “oneness”, with the direction being an illustration of how we, as Christ-followers, are one because Christ lives in each of us through the Holy Spirit. How amazing that the one true God is alive within each believer! This is only possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without it, the Holy Spirit would not be available for each believer. Jesus said as much in John 16:7 when speaking to the twelve following the last supper:
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
Regardless of where we were born, our upbringing, our socio-economic standing, our mental and physical characteristics, our political point-of-view, skin color, whether left-brained or right-brained, and no matter the emotional events of our lives which tend to shape our values until we become a new person through Christ, as believers we are one in Christ. Much like the disciples, we are mostly a bunch of misfits that have been changed by a relationship with Christ,
creating a diverse but unified body of believers at Mosaic. Part of Pastor Harry’s sermon focused on verses 20-21 from John 17, where Jesus was praying to God the Father for each believer (after doing the same for the disciples) to be one:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us , so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
While we are living in a time of social unrest which can create dividing factions, as brothers and sisters in Christ we can rejoice that we have the oneness provided by the Holy Spirit.
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