"I and the Father are one" (John 10:30 RSV).
The Father in this important statement is not the supernatural Being often associated with the name; and the "I" is not Jesus of Nazareth. The Father is Source, and the "I" is the Christ, the full expression of Source that is the spiritual Truth of each of us, which Jesus was able to perfectly and completely express as an example and challenge to us all to do the same.
This central teaching—what Paul would later describe as "Christ in you, the hope of glory"—was dramatically different from earlier religious teachings of an angry God forcing us to live lives of lack and limitation. In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses many analogies to help him communicate the nature of the Christ and the difference between his spiritual approach and past religious doctrine. "All who came before me are thieves and bandits," he says in John 10:8. By enforcing a judgmental religious structure, they robbed individuals of any awareness of their own divine natures, and they stole any possibility for living lives of abundance and fulfillment.
On the other hand, embracing our Christ Nature allows us to lead joyful and abundant lives as we make creative choices from that innate divine power and lovingly support each other as we create together the new consciousness that Jesus calls the kingdom of heaven.