May 22

MAY 22
by Joe Hill
English was one of my favorite subjects through high school and college. I love a good book, and the way that language can paint a vivid picture of a situation, give words to deep down feelings, and communicate ideas through story. One of my favorite conversations to have with people is talking about favorite books. Different stories, pictures, and images resonate with different people in different ways.
 
Perhaps this is why I love how many different ways Jesus is described in the Gospels. He is a Vine (John 15), a shepherd and a door/gate (John 10), the bread of life (John 6), the light of the world (John 8), and these are just a few from one Gospel! Figurative language gives us profound new ways to understand who Jesus is and as a result who we are. But sometimes Jesus throws off the figurative language and speaks plainly.
 
John 15:5 says, “ 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.”
 
Here Jesus does not use figurative or cryptic language. He does not use simile or metaphor here. He speaks plainly.He calls us his friends. How often do you think about Jesus as your friend? He cares about you. He likes you. He wants to hear from you.
 
What pictures of Jesus are meaningful to you? I have found this idea of being a friend of Jesus to be really meaningful lately. Sometimes I picture my prayer time as a conversation with my friend. He is here with me, and is happy to be here. He is a great listener, and he wants to know what I really think and feel.
 
Today, I want to encourage you to spend some time meditating on these words of Jesus, “I call you friends.” How do these words impact your relationship with Jesus, knowing that he calls you his friend?
 

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