2001-03-11 - Jesus as Friend
If you have a few close friends, or even one, consider yourself blessed! What a gift, to have someone in your life whom you can count on for unconditional love, brutal honesty, support, loyalty and faithfulness. But no one can surpass Jesus as our very Best Friend. This week we will look at passages that show Jesus as our Friend. May we look to Him as our model in our friendships.
Jesus is the ultimate friend:
(Prov 18:24 NASU) A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
Jesus' friendship is self-sacrificing:
(John 15:9-13 NRSV) As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Jesus shares with His friends:
(John 15:15 NRSV) I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
Even as Judas was betraying Him, Jesus still called him "friend." His love is unconditional.
(Mat 26:50 NRSV) Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you are here to do." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
Jesus' instructions for how we can be a good friend to Him:
(John 15:14 NRSV) You are my friends if you do what I command you.