Part Five: My Friend, Jesus
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.
The Profound Significance of “Friendship”:
Abraham: Appeals for Mercy (Genesis 18)
But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend.
Isaiah 41:8 (NIV)
And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?
2 Chronicles 20:7 (NIV)
Moses: Reminds God of His Faithfulness (Exodus 32)
Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
Exodus 33:10-11 (NIV)
And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say:“If there were prophets among you, I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as he is. Numbers 12:6-8 (NIV)
Lazarus: Reminds Jesus of what will do for His Friends (John 11)
Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up…
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
John 11:11, 33-36 (NIV)