Animated by Friendship
During his last evening with his disciples, prior to his death, Jesus calls his disciples, “friends.” This word speaks of a deep and abiding friendship, and it is the kind of friendship Jesus desires to have with all people. Thus, helping us understand that being in relationship with Jesus is not just about believing things about Jesus (though important). It’s not just about doing things for Jesus (also important). It’s also about having a personal friendship with Jesus. And it is this kind of friendship that animates our relationship to Jesus.
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