As we reflect today on Jesus’ suffering and death, on the cross that killed our Savior, it’s easy to focus solely on our individual relationship to God. God suffered and died for me, he “so loved” me that he gave his only son, he thought of me as he hung there. All those things are so very true, and yet we will miss out on so much that Jesus intended for us if our eyes stay there.
These are some of the words of the last prayer John records Jesus praying before his arrest. As he faced the cross, this was concern: you and me. And what did he desperately want for us? Unity. He prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. That is a strong, extreme idea. Especially when you consider how divided the church is today.
The cross is the place where the Kingdom of God breaks into our world, and part of God’s Kingdom is reconciliation. The cross means reconciliation between God and humanity, yes, but it also makes a way for reconciliation between all of us. Humanity is fractured, and we are caught in a cycle of unforgiveness, of misunderstanding, of distance, of wounding, of violence. Jesus came that in Him we might overcome all that brokenness and find unity.
@@On the cross, Jesus inaugurates a Kingdom where our differences are overshadowed by our oneness in him.@@ On the cross, Jesus suffered and died so that we might all be one family, no longer fractured but forgiven and offering forgiveness to one another. There can’t be unity without forgiveness, and Jesus made that possible on that fateful Friday.
Today, on the day Christ Jesus purchased our peace, let’s join him in his prayer for unity. Let’s pursue the love for one another by which we are to be known in the world. Let’s examine our hearts and practice forgiveness where we’ve held onto hurts from others. And let’s walk in the way of the cross: moving toward others who may have different backgrounds, different perspectives, and different opinions, standing in the unity Jesus’ cross brings.