June 07, 2016

I Am a Friend

Often a praise hymn sung on Sunday gets stuck in my head for the remainder of the week. Lately the replaying praise song in my mind is, “I Am a Friend of God.” The chorus and bridge say, “I am a friend of God…He calls me friend. Lord of glory, you have called me friend.” I’ve never been fond of lyrics that put God on a human level, such as being a friend. However, I was taken aback when I read the account of Judas betraying Jesus, “Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for” (Matt 26:48-50 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----”For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’” (Is 9:6) A child. Mighty God. A curious boy ditching his parents to hang out with some teachers. Wonderful Counselor. Eating with sinners. Prince of peace. Indeed, experiencing every sin of all mankind (except blasphemy of the Spirit) under the duress of being nailed to a cross after having been beaten almost to death with a viscous whip. Everlasting Father. Judeao-Christianity stands alone as more a reality than a religion because God became lowly man to raise man up to share in the throne of God. It is kind of an erasing of the distances between us.

Love you all,
Steve Corey