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“Jesus' Friends”

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Sermon Outline

In both Testaments, the idea of a friend and friendship involves three components: association, loyalty, and affection.

″Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face, than a friend who stabs you in the back.″—Uncredited

Jesus befriended His disciples knowing…
1. He was perfect, unlike them.

Matthew 11:25 NKJV At that time Jesus answered and said, ″I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.Acts 4:13 NKJV Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

2. He would humble Himself before them.

John 13:3-5, 12-17 NKJV Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, ″Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

3. He would be betrayed by one of them.

Matthew 26:47-50 NKJV And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ″Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.″ 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, ″Friend, why have you come?″ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

4. He would be forsaken by all of them.

Matthew 26:55-56 NKJV In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, ″Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.″ Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

5. He would die for them.

John 10:15-18 NKJV As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.″

6. He would do great things through them.

John 14:12-18 NKJV ″Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

7. He would spend eternity with them.

John 17:24 NKJV ″Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.John 14:3 NKJV And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Jesus refused to disown His friends in spite of their inconsistencies. For that reason alone, He is too good to be ignored!

Application Questions:
  • Have you reciprocated Jesus' friendship?
  • Have you reciprocated Jesus' friendship… lately?
  • Who needs to hear about Jesus, the friend of sinners, from you?