I’m gonna start this off by saying there is a big JUST in the statement,“Jesus is just my best friend” because I firmly believe that one of the roles Jesus and God for that matter plays in our lives is that of a friend. But he has to be more than just that, and to illustrate that fact, I’m gonna turn to a camp song (and old contemporary worship song according to David). The song is called “You are Holy” and there is a section where you just list out all the names for Jesus listed in the Bible, so let’s begin shall we! “You are Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Mighty God, Lord of Everything, Emmanuel, Great I am, Prince of Peace, Who is the Lamb, Living God, Saving Grace, Alpha, Omega, Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, and Friend.” I love this song so much because it reminds me that as much as I enjoy treating Jesus as my friend, his influence doesn’t stop there. That fact does not diminish the relationship that’s already there, but it adds a new perspective, and provides you with a new respect and recognition of Jesus. So try to think of Jesus in a new light, my personal favorite is “Living God, Saving Grace” I mean how cool is that! Jesus is more than just your friend, he is a whole long list of amazing things and he loves us a whole lot, so try to recognize the different roles he plays throughout our lives.
Thank you so much for this day and the opportunity we have to share your love on campus. Allow us to see Jesus as more than just a friend, and through this realization let us grow closer to you. See that our paths may follow the vision you have for us and that even if we lose sight of what is important in our lives, you draw us back to you. In your precious and holy name,