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“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

“Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him” Matthew 26:50. I don’t believe that Jesus would be sarcastic here. After submitting to His Father’s will just moments before, He would have put aside all the physical and emotional sleights He, who “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2) was about to endure. And this one, though predicted, would have hit particularly hard. Despite how Judas acted, Jesus still called him ‘friend.’ He had just called them all “friends” not too long before this when He defined the greatest love as “someone lay[ing] down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And then He did it. I wonder if Jesus was not subtly communicating to Judas that He was laying down His life for even him despite Judas’ actions that were the opposite of what a friend would do? But Jesus chose—as we all do every day—our actions despite how others return our love. This is why we can sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!” Loving us fully Jesus is a friend to us. Are you one to Him?