Friend in Jesus
10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
In the days of Jesus, masters and servants understood their roles. The master has ownership of the slaves at that time and the slaves would serve their master. The servant would wait on and meet the needs of their master before their own. Rarely would the master think too much of what their servant would need.
Jesus was indeed the master, but he changed the standard paradigm by announcing to his disciples to love each other. He was telling them that the greatest love is when you lay down your life for your friend. He was no longer calling them servants, but he was calling them his friends. He wanted them to know what his business was all about. He revealed everything to them and taught them like a mentor and teacher would. There was a personal side of Jesus as he wanted them to be involved in his life as much as he was involved with their lives. Indeed, there is no other friend like Jesus. He is all things to us; master, servant, Lord, teacher and a friend.