August 29, 2013
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” - John 15:13
In the world today, it’s hard to make friends. I’m talking about true friends. Not acquaintances, like the people you work with and go to church with. Not the person who lives next door to you, who you say, “hello” too every now and then. Not even family members. I’m talking about someone who you have a special bond with, a bond you really can’t explain. This kind of friend is what is referred to as an intimate friend. This is the kind of friend in which most people only have one; if you have two you’re blessed.
It’s hard to trust someone enough to let them get that close to you. The intimate friend happens gradually over an extended period of time. We certainly would not think of allowing a stranger to attain this position. Listen to me. I want to give you the definition of a friend, “A friend is someone who thinks you are somebody even when you don’t see how you could possibly be of value to anyone.”
My friend, Jesus Christ IS your best friend. He saw in you, great value. Now, you may ask, “Chris, how much value could He possibly see in me?” Well, the Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Well, that is exactly what Jesus did for you on the cross. He died in your place. He paid a debt He did not owe so you could live a life you did not deserve. He conquered death so you could have His eternal life. To Jesus, you were worth dying for. Now that’s what I call a true friend. Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus.
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