No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
My Three Best Friends
There are three really great friends I meet with most every Saturday morning. We’re all trying to become more like Jesus so we share our setbacks and our breakthroughs in our quest to love like Jesus.
We’re transparent with each other. We share things with each other that we don’t share with anyone else, except maybe our spouses.
What Jesus Feels Toward You
In our text Jesus explains that he’s transparent with you, and with me. He says he no longer calls us his servants, because he’s revealed everything to us during his time here walking on earth. He’s revealed everything he’s heard from his Father to us in the gospels.
And Jesus calls you, and he calls me, his friend. Think about that for a minute. Think about the best friend you’ve ever had in your life, and bring to mind the feelings you had and have toward that person:
- You feel affection toward that person.
- Your heart is lifted when you think of that person.
- You want to smile when you think of that person.
- You like that person.
- You’re rooting for that person to do well.
- You want that person to be blessed.
Now consider this:
That’s how Jesus feels about you!
Maybe right about now you’re thinking, “Not me. I’m just not good enough. Jesus can’t feel that way about me.”
If that’s what you’re thinking, I get it. Because I’m so prone to drift away from Jesus and to become distracted by chasing my own thing and to lose my way and to regress into unloving behavior, I think I’m not worthy of him calling me his friend.
But my doubts vanish when I remember what he did for me to demonstrate his friendship.
He died on my behalf.
And as he’s said, there’s no greater love than that. So because of what he did, I can be sure.
Jesus calls me his friend.
Jesus calls you his friend.
Jesus loves you.
Image of Jesus Loves You Sign via Joost J. Bakker – Wikimedia Commons