John 15:15 “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.

Many people in the Bible are cited as having been friends to others, such as:

Ruth to Naomi: Ruth 1:16 “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”

Jonathan to David: 1Samuel 20:4 ” Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do I will do.”

Elisha to Elijah: 2 Kings 2:2 “Elijah said to Elisha, ” Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.”

Thomas to the rest of the disciples: John 11:16 ” Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Many profess friendship, even unto death. But only one went all the way to the cross, for his friends, His name is Jesus (The Lord saves). We believers in turn are called to be friends with Jesus by our actions.

John 13:34-35 ” A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, If you love one another.”

John 15:14 ” You are my friends if you do what I command.”

The Scene: The Cross, The” Tree of Death” became “The Tree of Life” Jesus gave His all for us. With His sacrifice, He gave everyone the opportunity to have the Tree of Life “spring” forth from the cross and His resurrection.

Copyright 2015 Larry Helms

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