For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 (New American Standard Bible)
This week I’ve been contemplating the titles accorded to Jesus Christ. They are many and all are self-explanatory. He is:
The Son of God, the Son of Man, the Son of David, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star, the Alpha and the Omega, the Root and the Stem of Jesse, the I Am, the Lamb of God, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Resurrection and the Life, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Counselor, Teacher, Lord, God, Master, Healer, Emmanuel, Savior, the Logos of God, Messiah, Prophet, King of the Jews, the Second Adam, the Christ, High Priest, Head of the Church, the Bride Groom, Chief Corner Stone, the Sheep’s Gate, Firstborn Over all Creation, Anointed One, Judge, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Firstborn from Among the Dead, the Light of the World, the Word of Life, Lord of All, True God, Bread of Life, Author and Finisher of Our Faith, The Holy One of Israel, Deliverer, Good Shepherd, Mediator, Rock, the True Vine, the Way the Truth and the Life, the Door, Friend.
These are titles given to the Ultimate Human Being who is 100% God and 100% man. He is the One who mediates for us to God the Father. Who could stand for us more fully to the Father than another fellow human being? Who can represent us to God more perfectly than the purest human being in the universe? We have an Advocate with the Father who represents us, defends us against satanic attack and promotes our greatest interests all the time. He understands us to the very core because He became one of us and lived with us in this dirty environment called Earth.
His many titles have always been, are now and will forever be. They characterize the Word made flesh. He has demonstrated He has the right to bear them. In all of this there is one title that is particularly personal to us as His church; it is the title of friend. With all His majesty and splendor and regal titles this Mighty King speaks to us as His own beloved. He invites us to dine with Him. He says “I no longer call you servants but friends.” (John 15:15).