What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Friends are people who love and care for you. They are there when you need them. At times, they provide help, guidance, encouragement, and support. They are people you can trust and rely on in times of need. You can rest assured that they will always be there for you, never leaving you when times become tough.
Good friends are just like family. They will inspire and motivate you to become a better version of yourself. They also think, speak, and act in ways that please the Lord. They are people who have a positive influence on others.
You are lucky if you have great friends in this world. If you don’t have any, don’t worry. You have Jesus Christ. He is your friend always and forever. So, even if you are too busy to make personal connections with other people or your friends are merely seasonal, it’s alright. God will not judge you.
Lucky are those who are able to find friends for life. However, there are also others who are not as lucky. They may find friends, but they may be unable to keep them forever. Some friends are only there during good times. They leave during bad times.
If you have friends like these people, it’s alright. It is not your fault. You can put yourself out there, but you cannot always please everyone. Sometimes, you may just not be in the right place at the right time to meet people who can be your friends for life.
We Are Destined to be Friends with Jesus
What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
From the beginning, we have already been prepared to be friends with the Son of God. As you know, God has plans for everyone. All He wants is for us to have a good life here on Earth and then spend the rest of eternity with Him in heaven.
In Genesis 3:6, we learn about the first time sin was committed against God by humans. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
God was not pleased with this since He specifically told Adam and Eve, who were the first humans, to stay away from the forbidden tree. He banished both the man and the woman from the garden of Eden because they disobeyed Him.
It is from this moment that original sin was created. Every person is born with it. Thus, everyone’s a sinner who is not worthy of God. This is clear in Romans 3:23. The verse says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Our sin makes us impure and unworthy of being friends with God. Then again, it is not too late! There is still hope for us. We can still be friends with God, thanks to His Son, Jesus. It is clear in the Scripture that Jesus died for our sins. His death for our salvation is the most basic fact of the gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:3 says that “for what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.”
Even though God became displeased with the actions of Adam and Eve, He continued to love them. He still loves us in spite of our original sin. 1 John 4:9 proves this: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are saved. We are freed from sin. We are able to restore our relationship with God. We can be friends with Him, too, just like we are friends with Jesus.
Our Friendship with Jesus Is What the Gospel Is About
On the night before the death of Jesus, He gathered all his disciples for His last supper. It was here when He said, “I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” This is evident in John 15:15.
Being a servant of Jesus is already an honor in itself. Being His friend, however, is so much better. Jesus wants us to be closer to Him. He wants us to be His friends, not servants. The Scripture makes this clear. A servant does not know what his master does, but Jesus made His Father’s will known to us. Truly, Jesus treats us as His close friends. His sincerity and transparency prove this.
In John 16:12-15, Jesus let His disciples know about the Holy Spirit. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
Furthermore, Jesus’ death on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice. It is the ultimate sign of His love and devotion to us. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Jesus is our friend. He is also our Savior and King. As long as we obey Him, we will stay friends with Him. In John 15:14, Jesus says, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” Our obedience proves our friendship with the Lord. As long as we are friends with Jesus, we can enter the Kingdom of God.