It’s always good to know the person who says he or she wants to be your friend. So let’s take a few minutes and have some fun in God’s Word as we get to know J-E-S-U-S.
J esus is the Son of God.
Many kids—and adults too— get confused when Jesus is called “the Son of God.” They think this means that He was not God, but was only God’s Son, which makes them think that He is someone less than God. But read the verse below and answer this question:
According to John 20:31, what is the purpose of the book of John? “These [things—the words and messages in the Gospel of John] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” According to the rest of John 20:31, what is the result of believing Jesus is the Son of God? “…that by believing you may have life in his name.” Jesus, who was God in human flesh, wants to be your friend. That’s pretty cool, right? Actually, that’s epic! What else did Jesus do? Read on to discover that He…
E ntered this world as a baby.
You [Mary] will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus (Luke 1:31). Once Jesus was born, He was a human person, like you and me. But He was also God, which means Jesus possessed a perfect, sinless nature. He was and is 100 percent God and 100 percent man. Jesus also…
S acrificed Himself for His friends.
It takes a very special friend to be willing to die for another person. And yet that is what Jesus said He was willing to do. How did He demonstrate His love for His friends—and you—according to Romans 5:8? God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
U nites His friends with God’s heavenly family.
Jesus wants to be your friend, but with that friendship comes an additional relationship. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5). When He becomes your friend, He comes to live in your heart!
S ecures eternal life for His friends.
Jesus offers His friends eternal life. Eternal means lasting forever. What do you need to do to receive this life that has no ending? God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him [Jesus] shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Do you believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins? If so, God the Father wants you as a friend for His Son!
Dear Lord, it’s hard to make a friend and to be a friend. Thank You for wanting to be my friend. I’m so glad that I can receive You into my heart and be Your friend even before we meet in heaven. Amen.
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Write out one thing you liked, learned, or want to do after discovering that Jesus wants to be your forever friend.