1 John 5:12: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Jesus will have us any day, any hour. His welcoming heart makes it real easy to love Him. Not to love us is no option for Jesus. He loves us no matter what. He is endeared to us. His passion for us brought Him to planet Earth, right in front of our doorsteps. With our self-destructive tendencies, He came to save us from ourselves.

Endowed with free will, we can have Him or we cannot have Him; it’s completely up to us. The problem is, we will miss out on Life if we won’t have Him. Life is connected to His name. Life comes forth from His fingertips. Healer of broken bodies and broken hearts, one touch of His hands makes a profound difference. We need His touch to be whole. But then, as we reach out to Him, we touch His heart in more ways we will know.

Jesus is touched by our love. Our love does not heal Him because He is whole. He does not need our love as much as we need His, but clearly, it means the world to Him. It’s a mystery to me how the Son of God, who has everything, seeks our friendship. Jesus proudly announced to the world (John 15:15)

“I shall not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not share his master’s confidence. No, I call you friends, now, because I have told you everything that I have heard from the Father.”

Being friends with the Almighty is the most thrilling experience I can think of. God does not run a staff of servants, but He surrounds Himself with friends. That is why Jesus had disciples whom He called His friends. And that is why His heart is open to welcome you and me today. His circle of friends widens with every person that will have Him.

Whoever has the Son has a Friend for life; whoever does not have the Son of God misses out on a Friend for life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.”

The fact that there is a time for every activity under heaven shows God’s broad-mindedness and wisdom.  Suppose He would not allow certain activities – would that help the world to be a better place? I can see that many would venture an emphatic yes to this question.  I’m not so sure though, because God has been there, done that. At the dawn of creation when God made the first people He asked them to refrain from a certain activity: not to eat the fruit from a forbidden tree. We know the end result and people essentially have not changed.

So God allows forbidden activities – not to make the world a better place, because the world hasn’t changed for the better outside of Eden – God allows forbidden activities for the sake of freedom. And it’s God’s wisdom, patience, and enduring love that sustain us as He gives us time, precious time, to explore and find out for ourselves why the forbidden tree yielded the fruit of death. And since God gave us time to do as we see fit allowing us to do wrong, He takes time to make things right, so mankind has a future and a hope.

God made things right by taking on our ultimate punishment, death, the promised end-result of eating the forbidden fruit. His Son Jesus who has lived before time and lives from everlasting to everlasting, He willingly submitted to the experience of death – so that humanity won’t expire. He died so we can live. He literally ceased to exist before God the Father brought Him back to life on the Third Day when Jesus rose from the grave. It’s just mind-boggling! To this effect Paul wrote to his friends in Ephesus:

“He [God] is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

God allows time for everything, the good and the bad, even though He’s the center of the universe and He could easily dictate every minute thing; however, He doesn’t desire robots, but He desires originality, authenticity, surprise; for the very same reason He desires us as friends, not slaves. John, remembering what Jesus related to His friends on the night of His betrayal, wrote in Chapter 15 of his Gospel:

“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

God treasures and fights for our precious freedom because love not freely given is no love at all.