What A Friend We Have

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Justice-Seeking: Jesus is a friend who will never let you down

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John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friend. You are my friends, if you do what I command.

Picture this in your head: you are best friends with Jesus. He knows you by name. You spend every day with him-helping him, listening to him, being his friend too. One day Jesus is exhausted. He has preached about the kingdom of God to a huge crowd of people. He healed more sick people than you can count. Still the crowd wants him to do more. Jesus tells you (imagine: You!) he is tired and needs some quiet. Then he asks you to sail a boat to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he gets some rest.

As you sail away, Jesus falls asleep in the boat. You feel proud that he trusts you to help him. Suddenly, without any warning, the wind whips up. The waves increase. A violent storm rolls across the sea before you can sail to a safe harbor. You are in the middle of the water with a storm overtaking you. You struggle to keep the boat afloat. The waves threaten to swamp the boat, yet Jesus sleeps on. You are terrified that the boat will sink and you are all going to drown. What do you do?

Of course, you wake your friend Jesus. You anxiously tell him to see the storm. You beg him to help you. He sits up, looks around, and calmly says, "Quiet. Be still." Just like that the storm moves off. You, Jesus, and the boat are safe once again.

Jesus wants to be your best friend. He wants to listen to you, laugh with you, and help when you are worried. Jesus also wants to be part of all of your other friendships. When Jesus is your best friend, you can survive any storm that comes along.

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