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December 2002

 

Another Letter to the Saints at Gateshead.

 

Dear friend,

              greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Isn’t He the greatest friend?

The open evenings continue at our home 7-30pm though now on Wednesday evenings and any who are keen on following Jesus are most welcome. As you may know some saints have been assembling together on the evening of the first day of the week, house to house, to break bread in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus asked His friends to ‘do this in remembrance of me’ and His friends today are still asked to do the same. Any friend of Jesus is a friend of mine and it would be good to see more of His friends doing what He asks of them.

‘Friendship with Jesus – fellowship divine. Oh, what blessed, sweet communion, Jesus is a friend of mine.’

Do you remember that old song? Surely this is the whole crux of why Jesus came. The religious self righteous ones called him the friend of sinners. Implying that He should not be friends with sinners. He told His disciples on the night He was betrayed by a friend, ‘Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. And you are my friends if you do that which I command you.’

In the same way another time He had explained; ‘These are my mother, my brothers and my sisters, these who hear the will of the Father and do it.’

In Acts we read of an apostle going to some disciples and exhorting them to ‘cleave to Jesus.’

Jesus teaches His disciples – ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.’

How wonderful that this friend who lay down His life for us is also the one who will teach, instruct and guide us.

There is a part of us that does not want this friendship. John writes. ‘Love not the world, for friendship with the world is enmity with God.’ We do have a choice. May we choose Life. As we become in reality the friends of the Christ, surely we will then become friends of one another.

All the best,

 


Colin Thompson