Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What a friend we have in Jesus

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Friends are important to all of us aren’t they? Perhaps that explains why TV shows like ‘Friends’ and websites like ‘Friends Reunited’ are so popular. Interestingly, Jesus calls us His friends,

‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you’. (John 15:13-15)

Jesus is the best friend we will ever have. He has all the qualities that make someone a good companion.

1. He accepts us - The Apostle Paul tells us that, ‘…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. (Romans 5:8)

Jesus died for us while we were still sinners and offers salvation to us just as we are. All of our sins are forgiven the moment we believe in Christ. As a result, God adopts us into His family and sends His Spirit to dwell within us.

‘…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children’. (Romans 8:14-16)

The Spirit’s presence is a sign that our acceptance by God and our adoption as His children are permanent benefits.

2. He listens to us - Jesus serves as our high priest in heaven.

‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess’. (Hebrews 4:14)

He listens to our prayers, represents us before God, and intercedes on our behalf.

‘…because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)

Human friends and family may ignore us, but Jesus never will.

3. He understands us - During His life on earth, Jesus encountered the same type of hardships and challenges we face. What’s more, He can identify with those who suffer physically, as He endured the agony of crucifixion.

‘Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity…For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted’. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

A relationship with Jesus satisfies like no other.

Can we say along with Joseph Scriven,

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

Have a good week with your best friend.

Pastor Barry

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