WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
We all remember our first childhood friend. The one we rushed to school just to hang out with everyday. God made us to be His friend. He does not just want us to know about him; He wants us to know Him and to experience his friendship. When our eyes open in the morning He wants us to hang out with Him and enjoy Him as our friend. Question is “do you view Him this way?” Have you ever thought about what it means for Him to be our truest friend, and most importantly of all how do we experience His friendship?
(John 15:15). Jesus gathered his disciples one last time, on the night before his death, to prepare them for the next day and beyond. In the midst of this sacred evening he said, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” To be called Jesus’ servant is an immeasurable privilege but, He brings us even closer. He calls us friend.
The cross proves to us of his friendship. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He wanted his disciples to see the cross and think: I understand now: He substituted himself for me under God’s wrath, and he did it because he views me as his treasured friend. He wants us to view the cross as an affection-filled sacrifice for a friend.
Friendship is in the deepest heart of Christ and it’s at the very center of the gospel.
Wow let that sink in.
Jonathan’s friendship with David in 1 Samuel gives us a clear parallel. We rightly think of them as exemplifying friendship. But their story specifically mirrors how we can be friends with Jesus. Jonathan was David’s friend, yet David was Israel’s anointed king. And when David called on Jonathan to demonstrate faithfulness, he responded, “Whatever you say, I will do for you” (1 Samuel 20:4). David points us forward to Jesus as the King of our lives, Jonathan points us forward to follow Christ as your friend.
Let’s expand how we see Jesus. Think about how He remains committed to us even when we stumble. He doesn’t leave us but welcomes us into his deepest heart.
- He knows us better than we know ourselves, and he loves us more deeply than anyone ever could. We are closer to his heart than anyone has ever been to ours.
- Second, cultivate friendship through communion. Relationships thrive with conversation. As we read, receive, and remember God’s word, we hear him address us as friends. When we pray — we thank him, we confess our sins to him, and we share our burdens with him. We do this throughout the day, not reporting as servants, but relating as friends.
Finally, let’s prove our friendship through obedience. How much would change if we knew that the one who loves us so deeply is with us constantly? Is not his companionship itself one of the greatest deterrents to sin? If our great friend died for our sins, how can we treat them so lightly? When Jesus says, “You are my friend if you do what I command you,” let’s respond, like Jonathan, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”
Jesus chose us, he died for us, he caused us to trust him as our friend, and he will remain our friend for the endless ages to come. What a friend we have - in Jesus.
-Just another way We Fight for the Family