Quote of the Week: 3/31/16

“I believe as Christians, and as a Christian artist, we need a fresh revelation of who God is. Yes God is our friend, but he is also King, and this is a good thing. If God is no different than you and I, then what kind of God would he be? I am grateful that God is not like me. I am thankful that God is not only good but powerful and Holy, and worthy of my respect.” – Ben Pierce (Read more on Come&Live)

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My Friend

I had one of those moments today where I read a Bible passage for probably the millionth time in my life, but had a completely different perspective and revelation after reading it.

The passage can be found in Matthew 26 when Judas betrays Jesus. After Judas comes with his goons and points Jesus out to them, Jesus says this:

“My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” (Matthew 26:50)

Friend?

Friend?

Judas was literally betraying Jesus for money. Trading a life for money.

Yet Jesus had the audacity—the love—to still call him a friend. And I don’t believe he was being sarcastic. In fact, I believe, just as Paul writes through the Holy Spirit: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).

That’s amazing grace right there.

That’s love.