Wednesday, February 1, 2023
[Jesus prayed,] "Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began."
Jesus emphasized that He and the Father are one. Jesus told people that those who saw Him were seeing God.  In Jesus' prayer shortly before His death, He wanted His closest followers to hear that this oneness and identity He shared with God had always existed and always will. Jesus is the great "I AM" that came to us in human flesh to reveal God to us. 
Why is this important?
There are many reasons, practical and theological, that recognizing Jesus on earth was Immanuel, God with us!  For our year-long focus on holy relationships, Jesus' oneness with the Father is essential for at least three reasons:
Bottom line, we are not created to live life alone, so God chooses to be with us. We learn to build relationships with others from our relationship with God and based upon God's example and teaching. Because God has always existed in a relationship as Father, Son, and Spirit, He wants to fill our lives with relationships that are meaningful, eternal, and a blessing to us and others.
Almighty God, we believe you have eternally existed as the great "I AM" as you proclaimed:
"I am the Alpha and the Omega — the beginning and the end ... the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One." *
WE believe that you have adopted us as your children and you have "sent the Spirit of [Your] Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, 'Abba, Father.'" ^ Thank you for inviting us into this relationship with You and all You are. Bless me, please, as I seek to live out my identity as a person made for relationships created in your image. Empower me, dear Father, to live with love toward others empowered by Your Spirit to be like Jesus. ~ Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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