by Rex Yancey

We Have A Friend In Jesus
Rex Yancey
John 15:12-15

Dan Clark shared a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul. He said a friend of his, named Paul, received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a lad was walking around his car admiring it.
"Is this your car, Mister?" Paul nodded and said, "Mt brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy added, "You mean your brother gave you this car and it didn't cost you anything? I wish…" and then he hesitated.
Paul thought he knew what the boy wised for. He wished he could have a car like that. But the lad jarred his heels when he said, "I wish I could be a brother like that."
Paul said, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?" "Oh, yes, I'd love that. Would you mind driving by my house?" After a short ride, they pulled up in front of the boy's house. The boy ran into the house and got his crippled brother in his arms and set him down on the steps. He pointed to the car and said, "His brother gave it to him for Christmas."
Paul got out and lifted the younger lad into the front seat of the car. The three of them began a memorable holiday ride. That Christmas Eve Paul learned what Jesus meant when he said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
The moral of this story is that it is a greater blessing in being the brother who gives than being the brother who receives.
What kind of friends do you want? Does that match up with the kind of friend you want to be?
In our text tonight, Jesus was always willing to be the better friend. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." In the friendship circle of Jesus, who laid down his life? It was Jesus, the better friend. One cannot give up more for his friends than his life. The best friend is always the Christ-like friend.
There is a gap in what un-churched people see between the virtue and character of Christ and those who bear his name and ...

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