"When Jesus had spoken these words, he went
forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he
entered, and his disciples." (John 18:1).
What words are being referred to here? What had He said?
We read in the previous chapter that He prayed:
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall
believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me,
and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast
sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even
as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that
the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they
may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation
of the world. " (John 17:20-24).
These were the words Jesus spoke before they went out.
He prayed for the unity of the disciples. These are grave words, full of meaning.
He prayed that we might be one even as He and the Father are one.
Do we understand and grasp these words?
Some say they are not one with this church but with that one. But
if we are in a right standing with God then it's immaterial of what nation or even church
we are; we are of one Spirit.
We should be one in love, united in God's Spirit. If that's not
the case then we're not on God's way.
If we don't obey God's Word then we're outsiders. And if we're not
one with God's child who obeys His Word, then we're outside.
We're not united by race, but by the Cross of Jesus Christ.
If we are not one in Christ then all our other efforts are in
vain. The world will believe in Christ when they see our love for one another and our
This doesn't refer to unity in that which is wrong as Ananias and
Sapphira. That will take you to hell.
It's also recorded in our text that Jesus crossed the brook
We also read of David:
"And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as
he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was
with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up."
(2 Samuel 15:30).
David was a type of Christ, a foreshadow of Christ. Absalom his
son tried to usurp the throne and David had to flee and he crossed this same way that
As David cried when he went up the mount of Olives, so Jesus cried
over Jerusalem. Jesus came to His own people yet they turned Him away and rejected Him.
Do you know that when you're unfaithful to the Lord you bring
tears to Him? The New Testament put it this way that you crucify Him afresh by turning
from Him and going your own way.
Maybe your heart is not right with God. Maybe your heart is stolen
by the world as Absalom stole the hearts of the children of Israel. Your heart might be in
money or position or education.
Make right your life with God and get rid of that thing which has
captured your heart in the place of Christ.
It's not what church you're in that's important, it's where your
Jesus said that the Father loves us even as He loves the Son. Have
you seen the Father's love?