When you think of all the gods in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Aztec, Indian, in fact, any culture there is a very obvious creator-creature distinction. It’s not a positive distinction–it’s a gamble; the story of peevish divinities and their manipulative relationship with mankind.
Can you imagine having God as a friend? A friend?
The Christian God is the only God in any religion who has such a personal relationship. It is honest, straightforward, and perfect. Sometimes it’s daunting thinking that the “God Who made the Seven Stars and Orion,” and, “has named every star,” who “knit me together in my mother’s womb” and “is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” is not just a burningly righteous God–He is my friend, too.
I’m friends with Jesus, the heavenly God. In John 14, He speaks of those who do not see Him as fully God, but the other person in the Godhead–God the Father–being God. But Christ says:
[ John 14:7-10 (NIV)
7 If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Do you not know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, Who is doing His work. ]
And then, the verses that really struck me tonight are following verses, in John 15:12-16…
“This in My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his FRIENDS. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His master is doing; but I have called you FRIENDS, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.”
There are so many other verses I read along with this one…
Like, 1 Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Or Proverbs 18:24, that speaks of closer-than-kin relationship with Christ.
Because Christ is my friend, I must pray to Him often. What a lousy friend I must be to Him most of the time! To think He had no one when the wrath of God was poured out on Him on the cross for my sins. And how He still loves me with an inexhaustible love! How good is His merciful kindness! I am God’s friend, and a filthy creature was never so unworthy as me. Thank you, Jesus.