As we read through the Gospel of John there is a recurring theme where Jesus talks of being “in” or “one” with someone. Usually as part of a response to someone asking a question about Jesus’ divinity or following some really dumb question where the questioner should have known the answer already.
Key verses John 10:30. “I and the Father are one”
Paralleled by John 10:38 “The Father is in me and I am in the Father”
Then John 14:20 “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
Back again in John 17:20-23,26 “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
All clear then?
We could see this as a declaration of a single thing, as in I am typing on my one Mac. Alternatively, I could say that in my understanding of the importance of Rugby today I am one with the others on the team. (As if) I could even say that I am one with my body and cannot be separated from it.
At the recent Rest and Reload event for Vineyard Pastors, Mark McConnell illustrated this beautifully.
He asked three volunteers to come forward. One represented God, one Jesus, one the Holy Spirit. Up they came to the stage. Mark asked them to move about like they were dancing together. Interacting sharing, encouraging and relating.
Through the medium of interpretative dance these senior pastors demonstrated that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were in and one with each other. Beautiful.
Then Mark sent “Jesus” to meet the fourth volunteer “The Human” and they execute a pas de deux of sharing and moving together. Mark points out that “Jesus” is still one with the Trinity as well as being one with “The Human”
“Jesus” dies. (Sad.) And rises. (Cheers.) “Jesus” is still fully human and in relationship with us. Then “Jesus” takes “The Human” across the stage and brings him into the dance of the Trinity. Through Jesus we are one with the Trinity, and the Trinity is in us. We are one with God, and God is in us.
We are dancing with the Father, the Son and the Spirit, all together as one.