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Saturday Sermon: It's good to have friends in high places

Feb. 18, 2010 at midnight
Updated Feb. 18, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.

No greater love hath any man than this, he lay down his life for a friend.

Harris was in a hurry when he walked into my shop and asked if he could use my phone. He was a good friend and a client who was the manager of the local telephone company in the pre-cellphone era.

I nodded and he picked up the phone. He got a very angry look on his face and asked, "Are you still having phone problems?" I had told him the last time he was in we were having a lot of problems with the old lines in the downtown building.

I again nodded, and he turned red in the face, slammed down the receiver and stormed out. Within 10 minutes two telephone repairmen were in my shop tearing out all the old lines and replacing them. It was the fastest phone service I have ever seen.

It pays to have friends in high places.

Lee Iacocca's father always told him that if you have had five good friends in your life when you die, you've had a good life.

Redneck humorist Jeff Foxworthy once said, "Old George is a great friend. He'll come get you out of jail at 3 o'clock in the morning."

I remember my first day out of ICU in the hospital, so many friends came by to support, visit, and pray with me, that the head nurse finally limited my visitors the second day.

Friends are always important in our lives. They support us when bad things happen, and are there when we need them most.

Jesus Christ is a friend like that. We can confide in Him. He knows our deepest faults and still loves us more than our closest earthly friend. He even laid down His life for us on Calvary.

The writer of Hebrews says, "He came once for all, at the end of the age, to put away the power of sin forever, by dying for us." (Heb 9:26)

The American Indians had a very descriptive language. It was far from primitive. For example, "friend" to the Indians was "One-who-carries-my-sorrow-on-his-back." You can't improve on that definition.

That is what Jesus did for us on Calvary. He carried our sorrows on His back.

You have a friend in high places, beloved. Hebrews says, "For Christ has entered into Heaven itself, to appear before God as our friend." We have a friend who has laid down His life for us that we might live as joint heirs with Him for eternity. Christians have a friend who speaks on our behalf before the eternal Father.

Call on Him anytime. His phone lines never need repair. Amen.

Charles Placker is a licensed minister who writes for the Victoria Advocate.


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