When you come to church, what do you see? I would guess that the first time you came here, what you really noticed was this building: the imposing facade on the corner of 79th and Broadway, the enormous sanctuary (especially by upper west side standards), the beautiful roseate window. Or maybe when you come, what you see is worship service: the liturgy we follow, the musicians on stage, or the Scripture we consider during the message. Or perhaps what you see when you come are the people. After all that’s what a church is, right? It’s not a building but the people.
All of these are good and legitimate answers to that question. But Jesus’ prayer in John 17 unveils for us even more—a work so profound that the only historical comparison you could draw is with the Garden of Eden itself.
Title: A Refuge for the World
Text: John 17.20–26
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