When those thoughts come to mind or when we hear others express them, let’s consider the opportunity to remember Jesus’ last night before his crucifixion. He knew what lie ahead for him so he brought his three closest friends with him asking them to keep watch and pray for him. But his friends fell asleep, not just once, but three times after Jesus insisted that they keep watch and pray.
One of his disciples betrayed him to the soldiers with a kiss. Then all of his disciples scattered as the soldiers led Jesus away. Peter followed in the distance and out of sight; then when he was discovered he denied three times that he ever knew Jesus. Not one friend stood by him when he suffered the worst form of torture unto death ever devised by man.
Some with calloused hearts will rationalize that there will always be someone somewhere who is worse of than they are. That’s when we must remind them that Jesus was truly free to walk away from all of this torture and abandonment if he wanted to. But he didn’t. He didn’t because he loved you, yes even you who believes nobody likes you. Jesus loved each one of us enough to go through the torture of the cross and even the torture of hell so you could go free from sin and have the opportunity to be his friend for eternity in heaven.
Is Jesus your BFF (Best Friend Forever)? If he is, share it with your friends of all ages. If he isn’t, seek him today. He promises to draw near to you if you will draw near to him.
Jesus says to us all, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20 NLT)
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