Is Jesus Your BFF?

26 Aug

“He (Jesus) was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Him, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.”” -Luke 7:6

Extreme humility is rare, especially from a person with some level of power. The centurion first sent some Jewish friends, elders in the synagogue, to ask Jesus to come and heal his sick servant. But as Jesus neared the home, the centurion sent other friends to tell the Lord that he was unworthy to hos the Lord in his home. He knew that Jesus didn’t have to be physically present in order to heal. Jesus commended the centurion for his faith and did heal the servant from where He stood

The military leader is a “man under authority.” In other words, he gives orders and others quickly obey. Stationed in these outlying territories of Rome, many military leaders took advantage of their position and treated the locals badly. But not this unidentified officer. He seemingly made his home in Capernaum, donating money to building a synagogue, and worshiping the one true God. He saw Jesus as only accessible through the Jewish hierarchy, and sent his Jewish friends rather than his own servants to plead his case.

His deep understanding for position and authority led him to determine that Jesus was significantly higher in the order of authority, believing Him to be sent from God.

We lose sight of this and approach our Savior with arrogance and undue familiarity. We like to say that Jesus is our Friend, and so He is, but he is also Son of God and deserves our respect and humility. We are not His equal and He does not save us so that He can be our servant in the sense that He awaits our command. No, we must follow His example – he did what the Father did. He lived to do the will of His Father, and we too must learn to do His will.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that we can approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, but we must have an attitude of humility and remember that it is our Great High Priest whom we approach, not our BFF. It is certainly a unique relationship between Christ and His followers. He draws us close and gives us intimate access to Himself, but we must remain in awe that God Himself takes up residency in our lives and not think too highly of ourselves.

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