God Our Father, Friend and Helper – Part 3
“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 15:15 NIV)
The Bible teaches us that God the Father gave his only Son to pay for our sins by dying a substitutionary death for us. All my sins, all your sins, were put on him. When we trust Jesus as our Savior and yield to him, not just believing with our mind, but committing our hearts to him and leaning on God in total dependence, we become born again Christians; and that begins the life that God planned for us. The preeminent title for Jesus is thus Savior, “the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” And there are many other titles for our Lord in the Bible; but there is one that should give every Christian great encouragement: Jesus is our friend.
In the Old Testament, only Abraham —and possibly Moses— have the appellation, “friend of God.” But that is possible for every believer today. Jesus is not just my Savior, and not just my Lord. He says to you and me today, “I want to be your friend.” More than that, he wants to be our best friend today, in spite of all of our failings and all our mistakes and all our human frailties. He wants to walk with us every day of our lives. He wants to have intimacy with us, so that we can talk to him and he can talk to us and share what’s on his heart. Isn’t that what friends do? They open their heart, and you open your heart.
Unfortunately, friends can walk out on you or turn on you. We ourselves may have at some time in our lives failed someone as a friend, by unwittingly neglecting them or not having been there for them in their time of need. But not Jesus. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. When everyone else leaves you, when your husband or wife doesn’t understand you, when you can’t talk to anybody, you can always talk to Jesus. You don’t have to be lonely today, because he is “a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”
So today, we have a heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally, no matter what we may have done or will do. And we have a friend in Jesus.
But there’s more…
To be continued…
Read John 15:9-17.