Re:Verse reading–John 15:9-17 (day one)
“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what the Master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”–v 15.
If you have one friend over the course of your years, you are blessed. Jesus knew. After three years, and before He died, He used a new description for the disciples. Slaves/servants? OK, but not exactly. Friends? Much better!
The basis for friendship is shared life. Lovers look at each other. Friends look out on the world with each other. Eros is face to face. Philos (friendship) is shoulder to shoulder (C.S. Lewis).
So, Jesus called the disciples His friends because they (now) knew what the Father had told him. No secrets. Full disclosure. They stood together in the same truth. United. Loyal.
Isn’t this what we all want with the Lord?