“I no longer call you servants, because the 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.” Jesus called the men who followed him “children,” “disciples,” “servants,” “sheep,” “brothers,” and then He elevated the status of the eleven disciples and called them “friends.” In ancient days a master commanded, and the servant obeyed. A master didn’t tell a servant “WHY” he was doing something. Now Jesus is saying to the eleven, “You are my friends.” And Jesus begins to share His heart and His motives and His purposes. Jesus is telling them WHY He is doing something. Jesus now begins to share God’s plan from the beginning and tells them where it is all going. In John 8:22 Jesus said, “If you are my disciples and continue in my word, you shall know the truth.” And then Jesus will say in a prayer to HIS FATHER in John 17, “I have told them everything you told me.” When friends of Jesus give evidence of their friendship by obedience, then Jesus tells His friends the secret things of God. Jesus reveals the secret, intimate things of God to those people who love Him enough to obey Him.
– Virginia Thompson