Animal friends at Booker T. Washington National Park
Just as my cow photo is up close and personal, so is this message from Jesus recorded in
Matthew 5:11-12. MSG
"...count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens-give a cheer, even!-for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."
Can't you just see Jesus discussing this with the disciples? He could also have said, being my friend will win you no popularity contests, but it will bring you eternal life! This advice still holds true for us today. The truth is Jesus and the conviction that comes with the truth can make people squirm.
Sticking up for Jesus is sticking up for the best friend we could ever have.