Summary: Jesus is a lot of things to us-Lord, King, Savior. But there’s one thing that Jesus is that we might not think about very often-a friend. Let’s find out more about that wonderful aspect of Jesus.
INTRODUCTION: It’s nice to have friends isn’t it? It’s nice to know that there’s someone you can call on in a time of need, someone who you can discuss things with, someone you can turn to when you’re dealing with something. It’s good to have people you can share good news with, someone who will be excited when positive things are happening in your life. And if you have someone who you can call a best friend, that’s even better. This is the person who knows you better than anyone; the person that you’re not afraid to be yourself with; the person who knows your secrets and your dreams; the person who knows all your faults and loves you anyway. Jesus is a lot of things to us-Lord, King, Savior. But there’s one thing that Jesus is that we might not think about very often-a friend. Let’s find out more about that wonderful aspect of Jesus.
1) Aspects of friendship:
• Intimacy. Exodus 33:11 says that The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Jesus might not speak face to face with us now, though we would like him to, but we can still have intimacy with him. Through the word and through His spirit he will communicate with us. We can talk with Jesus and listen to His spirit ministering to us. When we’re in prayer we can pour our heart out to God and if we will listen, he will pour out his heart to us. In this time of intimacy we can lean more about him and we also learn more about ourselves. In our time of intimacy we can be refreshed, we can be instructed, we can be rejuvenated and we can be renewed. Jesus seeks to be intimate with us.
• Honesty. Prov. 27:6, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” A good friend will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. The friend who loves us the most is the one who is willing to risk offending you in order to convey the truth. And that’s the friend that can be trusted because it shows they are more concerned with you changing for the better than they are about you liking them. Prov. 27:9, “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Knowing my friend really cares enough about me to point out things that will be helpful and beneficial for my improvement and well being is a joy to my heart. We should seek to have the type of friend who gives sincere, honest counsel. Honesty, sincerity, integrity, these are the qualities of a true friend.
• Helpfulness. Ecc. 4:9-12. It’s good to have an available friend when we are in trouble and need a helping hand. When there’s an emergency a friend won’t leave you hanging. It’s good to have someone there with you to share the load and help provide safety and security. Having a friend like this releases burdens and stress; bringing relief and comfort. This is the kind of friend Jesus is-our helper in our time of need. Heb. 13:6, “So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Jesus is our helper. He is the one we can turn to for protection, deliverance, guidance and help.