MAN’S BEST FRIEND

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Most of us stroll aimlessly through this adventure that we call life. Along the way we hope to make a friend or two and keep our enemies at a minimum. When hard times or emergencies arise we tend to fall back on the hope that our friend or friends will act to rescue us. However, God established a better and more perfect way to approach the dilemmas that are bound to arise during our walk or stumble through life.
From the Gospel of John, chapter 15, we find this dissertation by Jesus to His disciples. “As the father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my father I have made known to you. I choose you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command, love each other.”
Reflecting upon Jesus statement to His friends we may ponder that Jesus said: “I have loved you” and that He laid “down His life for His friends.” Jesus, at the cross, laid down His life for each of us. Simply put, if we accept and obey His commands, Jesus accepts us as a friend. Wow! And then He will give you whatever you ask in His name.
A recent song very aptly described why we should know Jesus as friend. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY KING:

He’s the king of the Jews …………… that’s a racial king.
He’s the king of Israel ……………….. that’s a national king.
He’s the king of righteousness.
He’s the king of the ages.
He’s the king of heaven.
He’s the king of glory.
He’s the king of eternity and that makes Him the king of kings and the Lord of Lords.

Well, that’s my king. I wonder, do you know Him?

My king is a sovereign king. No means of measure can define His limit-less-ness.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of the shores of life.
No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.

He’s enduringly strong.
He’s entirely sincere.
He’s eternally steadfast.
He’s immortally graceful.
He’s imperiously powerful.
He’s impartially merciful.

Do you know Him?

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world.
He’s God’s son.
He’s a sinner’s savior.
He’s the centerpiece of civilization.
He stands in the solitude of himself.
He’s August and unique.
He’s unparalleled.
He’s unprecedented.
He’s the loftiest idea in literature.
He’s the personality in philosophy.
He is the supreme problem in higher criticism.
He is the fundamental doctrine of true theology.
He is the corner necessity of spiritual religion.
He is the miracle of the age.
He is the superlative of every good that you choose to call Him.
He’s the only one qualified to be an all sufficient savior.

That’s my king. I wonder if you know Him today.

He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.
He strengthens and sustains.
He heals the sick.
He cleanses the lepers.
He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.
He delivers the captive.
He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.
He serves the unfortunate.
He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He purifies the meager.

Oh! How I wonder, do you know him?
He is the key to knowledge.
He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.
He’s the pathway of peace.
He’s the roadway of righteousness.
He’s the gateway of glory.

Do you know him?

He’s the anointed one.
He’s our advocate.
He’s the alpha and the omega.
He’s the author and perfector of our faith.
He’s the source of our salvation.
He’s the ruler of God’s creation.
He’s the bread of life.
He’s our deliverer.
He’s the everlasting father.
He’s the glory of God.
He’s the greatest I Am.
He’s Jehovah.
He’s Yahweh.
He’s the righteous one.
He’s the lamb of God.
He’s the lawgiver.
He’s our mediator.
He’s the morning star.
He’s our Savior and our Shepherd.
He’s our redeemer.
He’s the true light, the true vine, and truth itself.
He’s the Messiah.

That’s my king. Do you know Him?

His office is manifold.
His promise is sure.
His light is matchless.
His mercy is everlasting.
His love never changes.
His word is enough.
His grace is sufficient.
His reign is righteous and His yoke is easy and His burden is lighter.

Do you know Him?
I wish I could describe him to you but:
He’s indescribable.
He’s incomprehensible.
He’s invincible.
He’s irresistible.

Well, you can’t get him out of your mind.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.

The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him
But they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree.
Herod couldn’t kill him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold him.
And He reigns eternal.

Well! That’s my king.
Do you know him today?

Well all along you thought that a dog was man’s best friend. Have you changed your mind?
Wouldn’t you like to have Jesus for a best friend? Read John 6:29-40 and then ask Jesus to be your savior and Best Friend. Do you know him today?

The author is a retired businessman whose Christian service included director of the singles ministry in a 5,500 member church, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and director of youth ministry. The author has also been a consultant to various Christian organizations including Christians For Urban Justice, Urban Home Ownership Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity. Civic activity included Director of the Edison Inventor’s Association. The author, now retired, was a principal and CEO of SAVE-ON-A/C, a wholesale distribution company, MARKETING CONCEPTS, a multi-faceted marketing company, and PINE ISLAND LUMBER, a full scale building material dealership. Professional licenses include Land Title Law, Business Insurance Law, Real Estate and Mortgage Law, and Security Law Enforcement.

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