Scripture reading: John 14:1–18
Key verse: Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
Have you ever had a friend who liked you because you were fun to be with and put on a good appearance? However, the moment your life took a turn for the worse, you found him distancing himself from you. If you have experienced such rejection, you’re not alone. Jesus experienced all kinds of rejection.
And in some ways that rejection continues. Perhaps He asks something of us that we think is too harsh or requires something we don’t want to give up. We back off in hopes that He will leave us alone. Once Jesus began talking about a deeper life commitment, many of His followers left.
The disciples told Him that His words were too severe. But Jesus was not persuaded by human opinion, and He held fast to the message the Father had given Him. His words were meant to convict while separating those who would remain with Him from those who would leave.
What kind of Friend is Jesus? He is the kind who willingly laid down His life as payment for your sins—past, present, and future. Without complaint He bore all your sorrows and suffering, while pledging never to leave or forsake you (John 14:18).
He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. And before you whisper your most intimate prayer, He knows your heart and rushes to your side.
Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life for my sin and bearing my sorrow and suffering. Thank You that You will never leave me or forsake me.