June 16 The Ultimate Friendship

Scripture reading: Luke 22:7–62

Key verse: Romans 5:8

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It is perfect and necessary that God loved us while we were yet sinners. Only unconditional love could survive our flailing attempts to respond to His love.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, who bears all our sins and griefs! But we can be most awkward in embracing Him. We seek true love and friendship in anything from personal ads to gathering places when all we need to do is look to the right “address.”

When He was a man, Christ saw His friends abandon Him. He returned to His hometown of Nazareth a minister, only to be completely rejected and threatened with death.

Immediately after the kindred moments of the Last Supper, the men closest to Jesus, the disciples, peeled away like lifeless skin.

Jesus prayed in anguish in Gethsemane. His watchmen slept. Jesus was arrested. His men stayed back, following from afar before scattering. Even beloved John only watched. Peter, bent on emotion in saying he’d never betray his Lord, betrayed Jesus three times.

One of the Twelve betrayed Christ into the hands of His murderers. Judas’s love was fake even to the kiss. Only John is recorded as being there at Calvary’s Cross.

There Jesus embraced us all, stretching wide His arms in ultimate friendship.

Lord, thank You for Your faithful friendship. You loved me while I was yet a sinner.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 175). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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