"this is my friend" - Song of Solomon 5.16
The Christian is one who truly knows the Lord Jesus Christ in their heart and life; they have a friendship, an acquaintance with Him, which is not false but real. We say of Him; “this is my friend”. Many of you may have some knowledge about the Lord Jesus Christ, for example; you may know certain things about His birth at Bethlehem, His life here upon earth, His death upon the cross and His resurrection from the grave. You may know these things but not understand what it is to say “this is my friend”.
It is a great blessing to me, to have Jesus as my friend. He, because of my sin, came to this world, lived a sacrificial life for me and then faced death on the cross for me. He said whilst He was here upon earth, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for His friends.” How thankful I am that I was led by grace to the Saviour, He caused me to repent of my sins and believe in Him. It is my prayer that you likewise would be led to know the Lord, He who is the friend of sinners.
If you come to know Him, unlike other friends you may have had in the past, He is a friend that will never leave you nor forsake you. Friends sometimes will let you down, He will never fail you. He is there in Heaven, to listen to you, to watch over you, and to care for you. At the time of death He will be there for you. The Psalmist said in those familiar words of the 23rd Psalm “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”
The moment the believer dies they will enter heaven, and there, they will see, their Great and wonderful friend. In His immediate presence they will abide, His friendship, fellowship and love, they will know for ever and ever. It is a glorious prospect, is it yours? The Lord Jesus Christ said “Come unto me” Matthew 11: 28. If you come by way of believing you will know the best friend to have, and be able to say of Him “this is my friend”.