Do we really understand what’s important to Jesus?
It’s easy to slip into thinking that Jesus’ priorities come down to reading our Bible, praying, not sinning, and getting people saved. But is that what He modeled in His own life on earth?
Jesus’ final prayer before going to the cross gives an amazing description of how He understood His priorities and assignment.
Jesus came to reveal the Father:
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me . . .”
Since the dawn of time, it has been our Father’s heart to reveal His true nature and character to us in His pursuit of relationship with us. In fact, one of the meanings for Jehovah, God’s name, is “self-revealing.”
Jesus is the final step in that process of the Father’s self-revelation.
“No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only (Jesus), who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
Jesus shows us who the Father is, and what we see is that God is not harsh, distant, or punishing, but a good, compassionate, forgiving, kind, strong Father who will stop at nothing—even the death of His Son—to restore us as His children.
Jesus revealed a Father who loves us with an everlasting, perfect love and whose sole desire is for us to be with Him for eternity.
Jesus also came to bring people together in unity through love:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Jesus came to restore us to one another because we were created to belong to one another.
Throughout human history, we have sought to belong to tribes and groups that are often oppressive, dysfunctional, destructive, and divisive. Jesus came to reverse this pattern.
His hope for His disciples is that we are known most for our love: love for other believers, regardless of denomination or church identity, and also for others who do not follow Him.
“My command is this… Love each other as I have loved you.”
Junto Tribe seeks to be the kind of group that loves unconditionally and belongs to one another. We want to show the world the true power and meaning of the gospel. We’re seeking what’s important to Jesus.
We hope you’ll join us in this effort, because your circle of influence includes people that you’re uniquely positioned to impact.
On this Christmas Eve, consider that your mission here is the same as His: to reveal the Father and to unite His people.
How will you continue His mission?