Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his 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
It is always interesting to watch young teenagers try to find their place among their peers. There is that constant struggle of determining whether they are in the “in” group, or if they are on the outside. If they are a part of the group, then they have the inside scoop on everything important that is happening. If they are not, the important news and happenings of their world pass right around them.
As Jesus speaks to his disciples, he calls them friends. He doesn’t leave them wondering whether they are in the know or not. As friends, they have the inside scoop. Everything Jesus learned from his Father he made known to his friends. He revealed that he is the Son of God. He explained that he came to seek and save the lost. He even foretold how he would save them. He said, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise” (Mark 9:31).
Just as Jesus made it clear where his disciples stand, so Jesus doesn’t leave you wondering if you are part of the group or not. He also calls you friend. He gives you the inside scoop. As you sit down to read his Word, you hear everything that Jesus learned from his Father and made known to his disciples. You also can hear Jesus explain who he is, the reason he came, and how he saved you from eternal death by dying for you. As you listen to his Word, you have the comfort of knowing that Jesus also calls you friend.
Prayer: Dearest Jesus, Savior and Friend, I give thanks that you have declared me to be your friend. Continue to teach me all you learned from your Father through your word. Amen.