Pastor Bill Meadows
February 5, 2014
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.” (John 17:14-17).
There is one thing that this world needs and that is love. You might ask “What kind of love are you talking about? There are many types of love in this world, parents love for their children. There are patriots who love their country so much that they gave their life for their country for the freedom we all have today. Little boys and girls loves their mom and dad. And then there is the love of a husband and wife.
What the world needs right now, today is a spiritual love. That spiritual love is only found in Jesus Christ. His love is truly boundless, both in sense of being inexhaustible, but also in the sense of knowing no bounds, recognizing no limits. The earthly ministry of Jesus was a continual reaching beyond the social beyond the social and religious boundaries of the first century Palestine. Eating with sinners and Pharisees alike, welcoming both Jew and Greek, making disciples equally of men and women, announcing the Kingdom to all with the ears to hear. Jesus extend his heart, his hand, his life to all, that in Him and through Him a new creation might be born.
When we became that new creation, Christ claimed us to His Body, the incarnation of a new humanity for whom the labels and conventions of the old order no longer apply. In Christ we no longer see the world through the lens of race, clan, or of tribal. In Christ we are set free from our fallen past to live in and love the world in the same way that God so loved the world as to give His only begotten son so that none should perish Look and see what Paul tells us, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Gal.3:28).
This statement is very importation to us all. When I became a Christian my individuality became fused to other in a big spiritual family. In Christ our person hood receives a new foundation, so that what makes me or you is no longer just a matter of who our parents are, or what we do, or where we live, or what language we speak, what religion we profess, what nation we claim, but that Christ died and rose and lives for us all. As a Church, also the people of God, and the Body of Christ, we are here to announce to the world in our very being that everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Cor.5:17).
It is for this unity that Jesus Christ prays in today’s Gospel. In the great high priestly prayer that precedes his march to Calvary, Jesus prays that we may be one just as He and the Father are one. “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus prays that in our life together and through our community of love the world might behold the goal to which God is bringing all creation. We often fail in this. We get involved into bickering, finding factions. We collapse the Church into the world’s social order. We make the Church a reflection of the world’s division instead of the sacrament of Christ’s presence. And still Christ prays that we may be one, and because he does, we are, in spite of ourselves.
What this world needs now is not another happy song. What the world needs is Christ Jesus. Do you know Him as your Lord?