02
Apr
15

For His Friends

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  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.  (John 15:13-15, NIV)

One of the most amazing things about Jesus’ statement in John 15 regarding His disciples is that He not only calls His disciples His friends, but you and me, too.  He chose to “lay down His life” for you and me.  He sacrificed Himself for each and every one of us.  He went to the cross and suffered and died and on the third day He was raised back to life.  Now we can be Jesus’ friends by God’s grace through faith in Christ.

We have a responsibility, though.  We must keep our end of the deal.  We obey Christ.  You see, we love to think of ourselves as friends of Jesus.  We used to sing songs like “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “Jesus Is All The World To Me”.  Now we sing songs like “I Am A Friend of God”.  These are great songs that are true and remind us of the fact that God does not treat us like unworthy outsiders.  Instead He calls us His friends.  But Jesus is more than just a friend to us.  He is our Lord and Master.  A friendly Lord and Master, but a Lord and Master nonetheless.  We must obey all of His commands and honor Him as our Lord.

If we are going to follow Him, He says that we must die to ourselves daily and take up our crosses and follow Him (Luke 9:23).  The cross is not a place of comfort.  It is a place of death.  Let us die to ourselves today and lay down our lives for our dear Friend Jesus.  Have a great weekend!

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