There are so many descriptions of Jesus in the Bible. He is a lion, a lamb, a redeemer, a champion in battle, a shepherd, King over all, our lover and our friend. This week, I just want to look briefly at two characteristics – Jesus our Lover, and Jesus our Friend.
JESUS OUR LOVER
The story of the Bible is a love story. It is description after description of how much God loves us, how much He loves His church, how much He desires that everyone should be restored to relationship with Him.
Jesus is our lover. He has a perfect love, an everlasting love, a personal love directed towards each one of us.
His love is so great that He died so we could live.
[John 3:16] – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
His love is so faithful that He takes us back even when we turn away from Him time and time again.
[Jeremiah 24:7] – “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
His love is so perfect that it casts out our every fear.
[1 John 4:18] – “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
His love is everlasting in that He loved us before we were born, and will love us to eternity.
[Jeremiah 31:3] – “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.'”
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Lord Jesus, thank you for being my lover.
Thank you for pursuing me endlessly with Your love,
for casting out my every fear.
Thank you for giving me life through what You did at the cross.
Thank you for forgiving me time and time again,
and for continuous giving me more revelation of Your love.
Lord, You are the perfect lover, and Your love endures forever!
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JESUS OUR FRIEND
There is a beautiful hymn which starts with the words, “What a friend we have in Jesus”. Jesus is our friend. We have a two way relationship with Him so He shares things with us, even as we speak to Him. He is there to support us, to give help, to celebrate and to mourn with us, as we also celebrate and mourn with Him.
Because we are friends, Jesus shares with us His plans.
[John 15:15] – “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
Because we are friends, we do what He commands since we trust Him.
[John 15:14] – “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
[James 2:23] – “…’Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called a friend of God.”
As a friend, Jesus carries our burdens.
[Matthew 11:28] – “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
He is no ordinary friend, but one who sticks closer than a brother.
[Proverbs 18:24] – “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
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Jesus, you are my best friend.
You are faithful when everyone else forsakes me.
You remain close to me, when everyone else is far away.
You let me cast all my burdens upon You, knowing every plan and worry that I have.
You tell me Your plans and help me to see how You work all things for my good.
Jesus, I trust You and will listen to Your commands because
You are a friend who never gives up on me,
a friend who knows what is best,
and shares Your good plans with me.
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My Lover, My Friend (a musical devotion):