Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Infinite Intimacy
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
This is the kind of close relationship that Jesus was preparing to secure on the cross. By making peace with God through the atonement, He was creating the new terms of intimate friendship between God and man that had not been present since the Garden of Eden. The disciples were the first people to get a taste of this experience in their relationship with Jesus.
And Jesus correctly defines what makes friendship different. He saw it as a matter of intimate knowledge. He held nothing back with His disciples. All that He had heard from His Father was made known to them. Friends share that kind of knowledge and life together.
God is hiding nothing from me in His Son. God is clear and straightforward and knowable in the Incarnation. That is why Jesus came. That is the power of the work of Jesus. It is the witness of the life of Jesus. God's will is observable in a life... one that I can delve into deeply through reading the New Testament, paying particular attention to all that is shown in the gospels.
And the knowledge is mine to share in Christ today. I believe this infinite intimacy is still the heart of my Lord for me, His follower. All disciples of Jesus will KNOW Him as their life's pursuit (Philippians 3:10). And it is the direction of mine. Thank You, Jesus, for coming to make Yourself known and to call me a friend!
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