038 Friends With Jesus – John 15:13-15

by Dan Horner on July 14, 2013

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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s 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

“Greater love has no one than this…” 

The Apostle John gives a very detailed account of the events leading right up to Jesus’ arrest in his gospel.  The account is found in John chapters 13 through 17.

During this time Jesus’ disciples are completely confused.  They thought Jesus was going to build and army and push the Romans out from Israel.  Yet Jesus is talking about betrayal, being killed, rising from the dead and leaving.   This makes no sense to them.

“… to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

These chapters are very tender and full of understanding towards the disciples.  Jesus, facing death by crucifixion, is focusing all his energy on the confused men around him.  He is reminding them to:

  • Love each other
  • Abide in Him
  • Keep His Commands
  • Be as One

“You are my friends…”

Jesus actually says this to his followers!  Why is this such a big deal?

Jesus is the Son of God and co-equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit and he is calling his disciples “friends”?

Realize that in the entire Old Testament only Abraham (2 Chronicles 20:7) and Moses (Exodus 33:11 by inference) were called “friends of God.”

This is huge!

“… if you do what I command.”

This is weird.

I’m not trying to be disrespectful but when is the last time you ever said to one of your friends:

“You are my friend if you do everything I say”

Frankly, if I heard one of my kids say this to one of their friends I’d take them aside and correct them.  I’d explain how friendship really works.  You know:  doing for others, etc.  I’d certainly explain that you can’t go around saying “you have to do what I say in order to show that we are friends.”

But Jesus did say this.  What is going on?

It’s really not too difficult to understand.  There is a duality to our relationship with Jesus.

  • Jesus is LORD and master (Therefore we rely on Him for everything and do what he says.  The term “bond-servant” used throughout the New Testament points to this “Jesus is LORD” relationship.)
  • However, at the same time He elevates us to “friend” (The master is not obligated to reveal his business to servants, but he chooses to reveal himself to us.  This elevates us to friend at the masters choosing.)

We exist in both of these realities:  Jesus is LORD and at the same time he calls us friend.  Our friendship flows through our obedience.

This duality exhibits itself through complete reverence and obedience to Jesus our LORD while at the same time there is an incredible freedom for comfortable personal interaction with creator God.  Unbelievable!

This is the highest possible relationship between a human being and God.  And Jesus extends this to us!

Isn’t this awesome?  Not just Abraham and Moses, but now any of us can choose to be a friend of God

Thanks again for joining me on this journey to memorize key verses out of the Bible.

If you have a suggestion for a memory verse to use in the future, feel free to leave your idea as a comment at the bottom of this post or drop me an email at Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

Thanks and have a great week!

Dan

Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R). Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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