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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

John 15:13-17   Thought/Prayer:  He Is Our Friend.  Topics:  2 at end.

Greater Love has No One than This
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you. You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com

This scripture tells us that Jesus is our friend . . . . “But I have called you friends.”  And there is this great old hymn about just this friendship—(music by C.C. Converse (1868), words by Joseph M. Scriven (1855) (public domain), appropriately called “What A Friend We Have in Jesus.” 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.”

It seems very good to know that Jesus Christ is our friend.  Of course, He is Lord of Lords and He spoke creation in to existence; and so we ought to be totally unable to know Him since He is of such awesome power and majesty.  But yet he calls us His friends.

This is a great mystery of the universe in which we reside.  That God almighty, creator, sustainer, and provider, came to Earth as a man and then tells us He is our friend.  What could be more difficult to wrap our minds around!  What could be more easy to understand?  Really?  Did I say easy?

We might say this is totally unable to be humanly understood because we cannot take it into our minds that the God of creation is a friend and that He wants to call us His friends.  But here is the thing.  Yes, had not come to Earth as a human being, we would be totally blown away trying to even imagine that the Creator God would be our friend.  But He did come.

And because He came to Earth, and we saw His truth and His compassion and love, then we are able to understand how He can be our friend.  No, not on the level that we will never totally understand, that being of his position as God . . . but on the level that we can understand, as a human being on Earth.  Of course, we cannot understand how he could be both God and human, but we are not asked to.  He was, and that is that.  And because we saw the human side, we can see how He could be our friend.

We will explore the hymn in another writing, but we must stop and just praise Him that we have a friend in Him.  And we must be faithful to tell those to whom we minister in LIFE areas that Jesus Christ wants to be their friend also.  His being our friend through belief will change everything in life areas and decisions.

Lord, how can we ever even begin to thank You for wanting us as friends?  We know we can’t, but in our humble way, we say “Thank you, Lord.”

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