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Friendship With Jesus

This verse in John’s gospel has such profound meaning, “These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.”  John 15:11-14 

Joseph Scriven (1820-1886), writer of the much loved hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” knew the pain of heartache and loneliness.  His bride-to-be drowned the evening before their wedding.  Later a second fiancée died, and again his hopes for marriage were dashed.  Yet Christ’s friendship sustained him.

Anyone can have that same friendship.  About 17 years ago, I came to know John, a recovering addict who at the lowest point in his life met Jesus.  He sensed that the Lord was asking him, “Do you want a friend forever?”  As John wept over his broken condition, he sobbed, “Yes,” and Christ came into his life.

Recently John told me that he urgently needs a liver transplant.  “You know, John,” I said, “cynical people might say, ‘Some friend Jesus has turned out to be, considering your condition.’”  John replied, “But I’m not saying that.”  Then he added, “I certainly don’t want to leave my family.  But however it goes, Jesus remains my Friend.”

Do you know Jesus as Friend? 

Praying with you as you grow in relationship with Jesus, Pastor Larry

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