Jesus is not my buddy, He is much, much more!


God is holy.

There is a certain feel-good giddy, emotional free for all when it comes to our relationship with Christ. We love to talk about the comfort we get, the feeling that God is always there for us, He is our best friend, the fact that we can let Him wrap His arms around us and tell us everything will be ok. There is nothing wrong with the concept that Jesus is our friend, that He is our buddy. However……………..

It seems to me  that thinking like that can lead to the erroneous notion that our glory is almost as important as Gods glory. We must never forget that the grandeur of God is on a scale that we can’t even imagine let alone live up to.

God is holy.

A friend in earthly terms can at times be undependable, can have their attention diverted to somewhere other than you, can even at times turn on you, an earthly friend can be frustrating, impatient, demanding and can fail  us.

God won’t.

God is holy.

Oh we may experience all those emotions as we strive to walk with God but His attention is steadfast and unconditional and always directed towards greater good.

It could be that we have been conditioned in this life to see God as much less than He actually is. I think that we as humans tend to lose sight of the actual grandeur and holiness of our Lord. We tend to look at our relationship with Jesus for many things other that what it really is.  It isn’t purely about the feel good  emotions, He comes to us and gives us forgiveness and atonement for sins. That is something no earthly friend can offer.

God is so much bigger than we tend to think of Him, I honestly think our perceptions get distorted and we try to fit Him into the earthly box we have built for Him. He is so much bigger. God is not limited by earthly boundaries.

God is holy.

We don’t have to wonder if God is going to respond to our texts or phone calls, or how He will respond, we don’t have to wonder if He is really listening or if He “gets” what we are telling Him. We don’t have to feel silly or worry about being humiliated for our earthly failings. We can talk to Him  without abandon and without fear of revenge. He will  keep our secrets but may make us reveal those very secrets in ways that help us and not hinder. His relationship with me is not based on making Himself feel better or making Himself look good.

God loves us for who we are, not in spite of who we are! God is the only one capable of that.

God is holy.

What is holy?

How holy is holy?

R.C.Sprout makes an insightful observation:

“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory.”


To be holy is to be distinct, separate, in a class by oneself.

To be holy is to be unique, with no rivals or competition.

To be holy is to be morally pure.

To be holy is to be holy in every aspect of ones nature and character.

Holy calls attention to all God is. His love is holy, His justice is holy, His mercy is holy, His knowledge is holy, His spirit is holy.

Exodus 15:11

1 Samuel 2:2

Psalms 86:8-10

Psalms 24:3-5

Isaiah 6:3-5

I think I will focus on that this day.


One thought on “Jesus is not my buddy, He is much, much more!

  1. wonderful essay on the relationship we should be having with Jesus and realizing God’s holiness…too often we forget His awsomeness….

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