Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Before he officially assumed the throne, David befriended Jonathan, prince of Israel. Instead of envying David like his father, Jonathan recognized David as a man after God’s heart. The two became such fast friends that their relationship surpassed the trials of war and separation. When David heard that Jonathan and his father, King Saul, had died, he had the messenger killed who thought to gain favor by joyfully delivering the sad news. Friendship was not taken lightly by the king.
As Jesus approached the days of His passion, His ministry to the disciples began to transform. For three years they had walked with Him and talked with Him throughout Israel and Samaria. He meekly asserted lordship over them in love and wisdom. They called Him Lord and Master, and so He was indeed. However, Jesus desired friendship with His disciples, saying, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:13-15). This is the friendship of Jesus.
The relationship of Jesus with the saints is like no other. He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. In fact, this relationship is the basis of our eternal life (John 17:3). Now that is friendship!