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2016-03-20 18:00:55

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Matthew 26:36-56

Jesus’ Friends …
What A Friend!
Judas was self-serving all along, and when things didn’t go his way he
decided it was worth the pittance he would be paid to betray the Lord.
Peter was passionately devoted to Jesus, but when things got scary he not
only abandoned Jesus but he denied that he even Him. Two companions of
Jesus, two different reactions to pressure and temptation, and two
dramatically different “fates” befell them: just deserts and amazing grace.
None of us should smugly point a finger at either one of them thinking that
we would never act the way they did under the circumstances they were in,
we may have. Hopefully the blackness of betrayal and the darkness of denial
are foreign to us for the most part – but if we were to tap into our innerdepravity
I think we would discover that we are perfectly capable of both
with regard to Jesus. Maybe we have actually been guilty of something like
that. We can be bad friends to each other sometimes and we can be bad
friends to Jesus for sure. If we know the amazing grace of God in Christ we
can be very thankful indeed that Jesus’ friendship toward us is faithful and
true and that by His ultimate act of love toward us we have been completely
forgiven of all of our wicked fickleness toward Him. In response to His great
love for us let us constantly strive to build upon our relationship with Jesus
our very closest friend. And let us learn what it means to love one another
with the kind of love He has shown to us – after all: In this is love, not that
we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the
propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love
one another. 1 John 4:10-11