“You are My friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14
Jesus called His disciples ‘Friends’. What an elevated status we have with God, yes, we are HIS FRIENDS!
Friends open up each other, share pain and pleasure and nothing hidden between them. Is this true?
Did God open His plans to us? Did HE share His pain with us?
“I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me”. John 13:21
We could see a plain open conversation between Jesus and His disciples here. Jesus knows what is going to happen to Him and who is going to betray Him and He revealed it to His disciples beforehand. Whether His disciples completely comprehended His words is another question.
Jesus has been agitated with anger at death:
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” John 11:33
This scene is at the tomb of Lazarus. Like a true friend He pained for Lazarus.
Jesus has been agitated in anguish over His own coming death, which will mean separation from his Father for the first time.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” John 12:27
In both cases love causes the disturbance-the love for His friend at Lazarus’s tomb and the love for his Father.
What can we see here, a mysterious almighty God or God a true friend?
Jesus calls his disciples His friends and opens His anguish and pain to them. Then why can’t we, His disciples, call Him a friend and open our anguish and pain to Him? Jesus has gone through all these anguish and pain hence He understands our pain too. Trust Him like He trusts us.
It’s a common sight that a father or mother tosses the baby up and the baby laughs. An onlooker may have anguish on this act but not the baby.
And with trust we open our hearts to God and He listens to us as a true friend. Pain shared is pain relieved and a plan consulted is much better and powerful than ill-conceived.
Jesus chose me as Your friend, though not worthy to be called like that. Though You have no hesitation to elevate me to that privileged status, I am still hesitant to call you a Friend and open myself to you. Jesus gives me courage and strength to share my anguish and pain with you as a Friend.by