We might think that in order to prove Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, there would be need of great demonstrations, such as healing, walking on water and even raising the dead. In fact, those things did happen when Jesus was physically here on earth, but what about now? What proves to people in this day that God sent Jesus into the world as the Christ? Fortunately, God in His infinite wisdom had Jesus address that very issue before He ascended into heaven. What He told the disciples at that time is applicable to us today.
In John Chapter 17 Jesus prays first for Himself, then for the eleven disciples, and finally for all believers. In verses 17- 23, He says about all believers, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they may be one even 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 sent Me. The glory which You have given me I have given them, that they may be one, just as We are one. I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (Emphasis added.)
Very simply put, this is telling us that one of the proofs that God sent Jesus into the world as the Christ—as the Son—is for us, the Church, to have unity among believers. If the world sees the Church working together regardless of denomination or differences in doctrine, it is evidence of who Christ really is.
As it stands today, the Church may be a little lacking in this area. Way too often ministries, churches and even believers within the same church are not operating in a spirit of unity. This does great damage to the proof that Jesus is who He says He is.
Jesus knew how hard it was going to be for His followers to be “perfected in unity” and thus the prayer He offered to the Father in John Chapter 17. He did not pray for signs and miracles to prove who He was—He asked for unity among the believers. That was to be the proof.
We can be sure that God answered Jesus’ prayer. Now it is up to us to live out that answer so that the world may believe “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing in Him, they may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)