39. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listen for him (John 3:29).
In John’s self-deprecating speech, he provides a valuable description of right relationship with Christ. We wait and listen for Him. When we think of our relationship with Christ as similar to a peer friendship, we forget the nature of our connection. He is God. He is the One who has redeemed us and commissioned us. We exist for His purposes. So when we seek direction, we seek His. He is the Master of our purposes and Lord of our lives, Ours is to wait and listen, and then ultimately do the things He sets before us. Yes, Jesus is our friend, in a way similar to others who love us and have our best interests in view. But He is not our friend in the “arm-in-arm” equality of a school chum. He is God Incarnate, far more than what others realize. But we know who He is and we should respond to Him as though we know.