Jesus was talking with His disciples in John 15:12-14 and told them,
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
When Jesus called them friends, He was not talking about them being His “pal” or “buddy”. Notice, He said that there is no greater love than to lay done one’s life for one’s friend. This is Covenant talk!
James said about Abraham in James 2:23,
…the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
When the covenant was made before Abraham, and God included him in it, he chose to believe God in every aspect of his life. He lived for the covenant of God and lived as he believed the covenant. God considered him a covenant partner…friend of God!
We see the same with Moses in Exodus 33:11a,
So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
When Jesus said that if we do what He commands, He calls us friends, He was calling us partners in the Great Covenant of Love, His blood Covenant.
And He was not referring to the ten commandments. He had just given them the great commandment, the royal law (James 2:8), the law through which all the law is fulfilled (Galatians 5:14)… Love each other the same way He loves us.
Jesus has laid down His life for us…on the cross! He shed His blood and died for us so that we may have life eternal. And He said in John 17:3,
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
The foundation of our eternal life is knowing God. Not just knowing about Him, but becoming intimate with Him, talking with Him face to face as Moses did. Let’s spend quality time where we draw aside from the mad rush of things around us and draw into His presence. As we wait on the Lord we draw on His strength (Psalm 59:9, Isaiah 40:31).
Then in that strength, as friends of God, we want to lead others to Him that they may know Him as well. True love is manifested in leading others to Life…His Life!
We do not have to die as Jesus did. His sacrifice sealed the Covenant. We lay down our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Let’s die to our own agendas and live for Him by doing and giving our all to reach out to others with the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
This is why Janine and I appreciate our partners so much! We are so much more than partners; we are friends with our Lord Jesus Christ going about His work. Your prayers and financial seeds that you sow every month empower us to reach this world with this awesome Covenant of Love bringing multitudes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
And we continue to lay down our lives for His glory. As your friends in Christ Jesus, Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.
You are blessed!