(Note to the unknowing; “BFF” means “best friend forever” in texting-speak).
The youth have updated an old saying. We once spoke of our best friend. But they have taken it to a higher level and added and element of timelessness. I remember the guys from my childhood who would both fit into that BFF designation. Jeff and Blake were dear friends. The days of my youth seemed endless. Boy Scouts, camping, hiking, fishing; it seemed like it would never end. But it did. I still keep up with them from time to time thanks to Facebook but I haven’t actually been around either in years. It’s not a bad thing. It just happens.
But there is a friend who is better than a best friend and really is timeless. You know him. He is the best BFF. He is Jesus.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
In Jesus’ case these were no empty words. Our friend saw a terrible catastrophe coming our way and, using his own life, saved us from it. Worse than any cancer imaginable, sin kills slowly and with eternal consequences. Jesus gave his life so that we might be saved. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that he did it while were sinners. He did not give his life because we were good or righteous. No. We were utterly helpless. We were “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
As I write this short note it is Saturday morning. Children will be linking up with their friends to play all day. Adults will hopefully get to spend some time with their friends. But remember: You have a friend in Jesus – the Best BFF.