• Rebecca Giles

Guess who you are!

Here's how Jesus describes his autistic friends.

Do you ever think poorly about yourself because you're autistic? Sometimes I do, but Jesus doesn't. This is what Jesus thinks about all of his autistic friends:

He cares about us, so much that he decided to die for us so that we could live with him, because he wants us.

  • The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)

  • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

He created us, and he did a great job of it. We are wonderfully made. He has good plans for our future.

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

  • Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. (Jeremiah 1:5)

  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

He chose us to be his friends.

  • I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)

  • Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

  • Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ. (Ephesians 1:4)

He understands us completely, and always knows what we're thinking and meaning, even if we're unable to communicate it to anyone besides him.

  • You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. (Psalm 139:1)

  • Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:4)

  • Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

We are strong when we seem weak.

  • My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

  • That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

  • He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29)

  • It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

We can do anything. We are limitless because Christ gives us his strength.

  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

  • Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

  • Nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)

  • Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

  • Moses said to the Lord, "Please, Lord, I am not a man of words, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, because my mouth and my tongue are clumsy." And the Lord said to him: "Who made man's mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now, go! And I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall speak." (Exodus 4:10 -12)

We are God's children.

  • But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children. (John 1:12)

  • See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

We have the mind of Christ.

  • But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

  • But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

We are blessed.

  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

  • The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)

  • Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Psalm 32:1)