I went to a “Three Dog Night” concert once. Yes, that was a long time ago. One of their hit songs was “One is the loneliest number.” The first verse is:
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
Sorry, but that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to this old man, but it was a huge hit. However, what I want us to consider for a few moments is this: One is the number of joy, not the loneliest number.
Jesus said in John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me…”
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, concerning this passage, “That which Christ here prays for is that communion of saints which we profess to believe; the fellowship which all believers have with God, and their intimate union with all the saints in heaven and earth, 1 John 1:3. But this prayer of Christ will not have its complete answer till all the saints come to heaven, for then, and not till then, they shall be perfect in one, John 17:23; Eph. 4:13.”
To think we shall someday all be in heaven and all be one in Christ, now that’s not loneliness but is a genuine joy. The number one is the number of joy!