Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friend of God

Exo 20:19 They said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
The Israelites did not want God to speak to them directly. They wanted God to speak to Moses and they will hear from Moses and not from God directly.
How many times, we see ourselves in the same situation as the Israelites on this side of the cross. We want to hear only from our pastor, our mentor and not from God directly. Most Christians would rather ask friends for occasional advice than read God’s Word daily to understand what God desires and expects. But Jesus wants to talk to us directly. We do not need a mediator as Jesus Christ is our High Priest and our mediator. We can approach the mercy seat with confidence.
Hebrews 4: 15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Like the Israelites we just want a set of rules to follow. But Jesus paid a huge price, to have a love based relationship with us and not a rule based one. We cannot do anything more for him to love us more not do anything else that will reduce his love for us in anyway. He has paid the ultimate price. He has called us His friend. What else do we need?
John 15:15 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.
Don’t we share everything with our best friend? We do not need a mediator. Same with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the creator of the heaven and earth, but yes he is your friend too. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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