Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Can I Tell You About My Friend Jesus?

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This last Sunday I had the tremendous joy, as I do every week, of exalting and exulting in my King, Jesus. This week was from a riveting story by Luke, found in his account of the life of Jesus, chapter 9, verses 37-45.

One of my favorite parts of this story is something that Luke doesn't explicitly say. Namely, that in spite of Jesus' rightly placed frustration with his disciples (and all the people gathered around) and their faithlessness, he doesn't leave them, ditch them, or abandon them. He continues discipling, rebuking, encouraging, instructing, loving, and molding them.

I love that Jesus didn't give up on them, and that he doesn't give up on me. On us. 

It is just one of the many things I love about my King, Jesus. And so, this last Sunday, I ended with a list of things I love about my friend Jesus, written by Jared Wilson. This list is worth saving to refer to for the rest of your life. 

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I love my friend Jesus because he knows everything I’ve ever thought and still doesn’t cross the street to avoid me when he sees me coming.
I love my friend Jesus because the blood of his sacrifice speaks a better word than the sweat of my effort, and he shouts it triumphantly.
I love my friend Jesus because he chased after me when I ran away and he didn’t stop til I was found and tackled.
My friend Jesus? He’s a storm-hushing, tomb-busting, dragon-crushing brother.
I love my friend Jesus because he took my death, even though he had plenty of time to think it over and every reason to say no.
I love my friend Jesus because he’s never left me and won’t ever leave me, even when I’m most leave-able.
I love my friend Jesus because even when he’s laughing at me, he’s laughing with me. There is no guile in him, no mockery.
I love my friend Jesus because even when he calls me on my bull he doesn’t nag or shame me.
I love my friend Jesus because he never checks his watch while I’m talking to him.
I love my friend Jesus because he never brings up my old stuff.
I love my friend Jesus because, while the crowd gathers with their stones on that side, he stands on this side of the line with me.
I love my friend Jesus because he keeps the devil on a leash like a dog but will throw him into the lake of fire like he’s a cat. #dogperson
I love my friend Jesus because he doesn’t nitpick.
I love my friend Jesus because he never leaves me behind.
I love my friend Jesus because he waits unhurried with me.
I love my friend Jesus because when I enter the room, he doesn’t shake his head & mutter “This guy” but smiles and shouts “This guy!”
I love my friend Jesus because, though he has every right to be, he is nevertheless not ashamed to call me his brother.
I love my friend Jesus because he doesn’t “get upset” with me.
I love my friend Jesus because he is forgiver, healer, conqueror, king, God.
I love my friend Jesus because he uses the dirt of my sermons to open blind eyes. What a powerful, gracious friend.
I love my friend Jesus because he doesn’t just erase the records against me, he burns the record book and scatters the ashes to nothing.
I love my friend Jesus because when he sees me shuffling in, tail between my legs, he runs to meet me in welcome.
I love my friend Jesus because he doesn’t pass on false reports about me but is glad to be my eternal advocate.
I love my friend Jesus because he upholds the universe by the word of his power. I am in good with the boss of existence.
I love my friend Jesus because he just straight-up — no hesitations, no qualifications, no ifs ands or buts — loves me.
I love my friend Jesus because while many give me trouble, he gives me rest.
I love my friend Jesus because when all around my soul gives way, he is all my hope and stay.
I love my friend Jesus because he always lives to intercede for me.
I love my friend Jesus because I can just be myself with him.
I love my friend Jesus because he is infinitely rich with grace and a big spender.
I love my friend Jesus because he makes me feel like a conqueror but he does it without feeding my ego.

 

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