Message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan 2021

Bible Readings

  • Psalm 133
  • 1st Corinthians 12:12-31

Text:

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Introduction

Throughout the Christian Church during this past week we have been asked to pray for Christian Unity. As are text says, How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. Unity denotes to me harmony, living together peacefully. In Mark 3:24-25 we read what would happen if a house or a Kingdom divided against itself, it would fall, break up, not survive. After the First World War, the League of Nations was formed to protect world from future conflicts. The League fell apart, even though it tried to claim neutrality, because Switzerland became nervous about hosting an organization that was perceived as an Allied one. The result due to lack of unity was that it fell apart because they were not united and was replaced by the United Nations, which first met in 1944. It is the same with a football or rugby teams unless they are united in their efforts to win the match they will fail.

Unity in Nations

We live in a country that is as diverse as the world in which we live.

It seems that the world wants to live in our small Island home. Perhaps it is the legacy of having an empire. Our own flag shows that we are a United Kingdom. America is the same, and when we look at the Jamaica coat of arms, there you will read the words, “Out of many, One People”. Heaven will be like that. People from all the nations in the world will be there. Wow!

There are two ways to be British, 1: be born here, 2: by adoption, taking on British Citizenship. It is the same in Heaven, in John 3:3, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” You have to be born into the Kingdom of God; citizenship is only through the Blood of God’s Son Jesus Christ.

That is why in Revelation 22:14 we have these words: “Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city”.

What better example can we have than looking at the God Head three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, united as one? Patrick in Ireland used the shamrock, three leaves on one stem to illustrate this, three in one.

Unity in the Church

Paul shows us that Christ’s relationship to His Church is the same as that between a man and his wife, which is based on LOVE.

Thinking of when the Jew were suffering persecution through the
the ages the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks points out of the Jews, “because we never lost three things: our sense of family, our sense of community and our faith.” So the Church is united under One Head who is Christ. Made up of many parts, have many different gifts which are used for the benefit for the whole Church Family. It is also a growing body, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen, I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock and one Shepherd.” John 10:16. In 1st John 1:9 we read: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
So we see that true UNITY is only found in Christ. It is a unity that has been bought for us at Calvary’s Cross through the shedding of Christ’s Blood. The Church that the Bible speaks of is the Church that is the Body of Christ. Yes, I believe in Unity, God’s Way.