When we read 'where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them,' we know that Jesus is giving a promise to be present. Often the quote is used when there is a small crowd and it renews our confidence in the presence of Jesus. This is good.
I'm beginning to see it more than a promise to a small crowd. I'm seeing it as a hope of Jesus that we might get together more often...in His name.
What's more, I'm also seeing it as not limited to individuals, but appropriate for organisations, denominations...partnerships. Again...a hope of Jesus for us to connect in His name. Hallelujah!
John 17:21 (NIV)
21 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.