“…that they may be one, as I…” – from John 17:11
How are we supposed to relate to Jesus? We should see ourselves as one with him. Now, seeing ourselves as one with Jesus takes a little more work than we might think. For instance, asking ourselves “What would Jesus do?” kind of goes against seeing ourselves as one with him. Jesus saw himself as one with God. Therefore, he says in John 17:10, “All mine are yours, and yours are mine.” This statement is more than saying, “My house is your house” or “Mi casa es su casa.” The statement of Jesus is more than sharing an object. His statement shows a sharing of personhood.
In other words, Jesus says, “Since we are the same, what I have is yours, and what is yours is mine.” Thus, when Jesus later prays that we “be one as I” (John 17:11), we should understand he is not talking about Christians being one. Of course, Christians being one, as of one faith and purpose, is crucial. But this passage speaks to something greater. This is why the Greek word used for “I” in verse 11 is egó instead of “we” (hémeis). Here, Jesus emphasizes the “I” at the end of his statement. When he does this, the emphasis is undoubtedly on him and him as one. It is on Jesus as one, and his oneness with God.
So the prayer of Jesus for us, here, refers more to us being one with Jesus than being one with other Christians. Again, it is important to be united with other believers. But our focus should not be on other people. Our primary focus should not be to make ourselves agree with other Christians. Our primary focus should be to make ourselves one with Jesus. When we do this, everything else falls into place like a puzzle. Jesus is not some far away person. And we can experience the same oneness as Jesus did.