One, But Not the Same
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, June 1, 2014. The scripture is John 17:20-26. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
20I’m praying not only for them but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. 21The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. 22The same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are—23I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them In the same way you’ve loved me. 24Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, having loved me long before there ever was a world. 25Righteous Father, the world has never known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. 26I have made your very being known to them—who you are and what you do—and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them.
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.