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John 17:21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. Today we end the week by focusing on the last phrase in the verse. Hear the words of Yeshua. John 17:21d … so the world may believe that You sent Me. Just so we’re clear … the oneness of the body of Messiah will lead to worldwide revival. Here is my explanation. We celebrate our being one in Messiah. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Ruach we were all immersed into one body – whether Jewish or Greek, slave or free – and all were made to drink of one Ruach. And the discussion of unity in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12 leads us to a discussion of love in chapter 13. Yeshua said it previously in the Upper Room Discourse … John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. How unnatural for people groups who have a long history of animosity, to love one another. Jews and Arabs find unity and love for one another in Messiah. Racism has no place in the community of Yeshua. We are all children of God loving one another as He commands. God’s purpose is that our diversity, in a community of love, will testify to the world that this is only possible through the power of God. Sadly, much of the history of body of Messiah does not testify to these truths. We haven’t fulfilled our commandment and calling to love one another. But that doesn’t mean Yeshua is wrong, it just means we need to do better at following Him. It starts with repentance, for our own sins and for the sins of our fathers. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Did I miss mentioning the great reconciliation that takes place in Messianic Judaism, between all Christians, both Jews and Gentiles? Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other just as God in Messiah also forgave you. Reconciliation of people groups is something that touches God’s heart. We are reconciled to God through Yeshua. Romans 5:10 For if, while we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by His life Then He reconciles us to each other through His Spirit of Shalom. Hebrews 12:14 Pursue shalom with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. What is the benefit for getting this right? John 17:21d … world may believe that You sent Me. Let’s give Paul the last word today. Before instructing us in the value of oneness (which is consistent with Yeshua’s John 17 prayer), Paul urges us to walk … (and I add my own amplified version) Ephesians 4:3 making every (spare no) effort to keep (defend, protect, watch-over) the unity of the Ruach (Spirit, tied up with) in the bond of shalom (complete perfection). [...]
John 17:21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. And the purpose of all this “togetherness?” John 17:21c … so also may they be one in Us. God wants to include us (you and me – who follow Him) in His “oneness.” And let’s not forget that His oneness is His glory. Isaiah 42:8a I am Adonai – that is My Name! My glory I will not give to another. This brings us to the cross, and the shed blood of Yeshua. When we see Yeshua’s once-for-all-time sacrifice, we must see it in the light of the lamb that was slain on the first Passover in Egypt. That blood appeared on the doorposts in same four places as Yeshua’s blood (pierced hands and feet , plus the crown of thorns) on the Cross. When the angel of death saw it, he passed over the houses of the Hebrews and their first born were saved. When God sees us (those who have believed on the Son), He sees us covered by Yeshua’s blood. He knows His own. 1 Corinthians 8:3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. For those who are covered by His blood there will be no second (spiritual) death. Revelation 20:6 How fortunate and holy is the one who has a share in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no authority, but they shall be kohanim of God and the Messiah, and they shall reign with Him for a thousand years. Yeshua has prayed that we would be “Yachad” meaning “together with Him.” To be “one” with Him doesn’t mean that we become God, it means we are together with Him. God created the world (and put man in it) for this purpose – so He could love us, and so we could love Him. That love requires the intimacy of togetherness. Yeshua already said this in the Upper Room Discourse … John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be. He wants us with Him. Will you say “yes” in response? Yeshua and all the heavenly host will celebrate when you do. Zephaniah 3:17 Adonai your God is in your midst – a mighty Savior! He will delight over you with joy. He will quiet you with His love. He will dance for joy over you with singing. Shomair (tend and keep, defend, watch over) a “yes” in your heart. The King of kings wants you with Him. [...]
Make the Tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen of blue, purple and scarlet, with cheruvim made by the work of  a skillful craftsman … Make a fine woven linen curtain of blue, purple and scarlet, with cheruvim…. The parokhet will divide  for you between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies … Exodus 26:1,31,33 (TLV). According to the plan Moses was shown on the Mountain, he was to assemble the Tabernacle [Mishkan, Dwelling]. This  plan included white linen [y’ree’ot] that formed the outer walls of the Mishkan as well as the curtain or veil a  thick curtain that divided the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. The Talmud (Shekalim 8:5).says that the parokhet was a  hand’s breadth or about three to four inches thick, so no human could possibly see through it. It separated the Holy of Holies, into which the kohen gadol entered only on Yom Kippur in order to sprinkle the blood of atonement, from the Holy Place, where the other kohanim tended to the menorah, the table  of the presence and the altar of incense. Read the full article here: Issue 32 [...]
John 17:21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. The middle of this verse is like a few other verses. John 17:21b Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. Just two verses later, the same thought is almost repeated verbatim. We also find it earlier in the Upper Room Discourse. John 14:20 In that day, you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. Now, Yeshua has changed direction. In John 14, He is speaking horizontally to His disciples. Here, in John 17, He is speaking vertically to the Father. Yeshua speaks similar thoughts in many other places. For instance, John 15:4a Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. All that is to say, “This must be important, because Yeshua is making sure we don’t miss it.” The Father is in Yeshua (every father is in his son), and Yeshua is in us all through His Spirit, the born-again experience. Scripture clearly teaches that the Temple that was destroyed (the place where God was at home) is now in us. In Messiah Yeshua, we have become the Temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim dwells among you? Take a breath and hold it in for a few seconds before exhaling. Enjoy a “Selah” moment, and appreciate that the Lord, God, Creator of heaven and earth (and everything in it), lives in you. That’s His love, up close and personal. As I’m writing this, I’m sensing that we have not yet begun to grasp the depth of the passion of God’s love for us. Paul calls it a mystery. As we read this, we see part of this mystery is its inclusive nature. Non-Jewish people are included in this great unification. Colossians 1:25-27 I became its servant according to God’s commission, given to me for you, in order to declare His message in full the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His kedoshim. God chose to make known to them this glorious mystery regarding the Gentiles – which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory! Does it get any better than that? [...]

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