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The Thrill of Hope: Week 3, December 9, 2018

The Thrill of Hope: Week 3, December 9, 2018

Jesus is called by many names or titles in Scripture.   Some of these names have a special tie to the Christmas season—Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Many of his names, including these that I’ve just metioned, are transcendent.  They speak of His power and sovereignty.  He is Master, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and the list goes on.    But there is one name that is especially tender, intimate, simple, and too seldom called to mind.  It’s the name “friend.”  Now, were that title for Jesus not sweet enough, in Luke 7:34 it is added that, not only is he a friend, he is a friend “of sinners.”    I am so glad that Jesus is a friend of sinners.  That means that he can be my friend and yours!  And that is exactly who he is--our friend!   That name, “friend of sinners,” was originally meant as an insult—an outright criticism, but Jesus took it as a compliment.  It was his mission in coming as a babe to Bethlehem to befriend sinners.  No