• Rebecca Giles

Why I like Jesus, part 1

He is my friend. You can be friends with him too.

I'm so glad that I know Jesus. How could I survive being autistic without having Jesus to help me? He is the only person who can understand me. He reads my mind and understands everything I'm thinking, and the Bible says that he calls me his friend:

John 15:15 - I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.

He just called me his friend!

If you are autistic, you likely know some people who you wish you could be friends with, but you don't know how to approach them or become friends with them. That is the case for me, at least. It seems like you're choosing them as your friends, but they aren't choosing you back. But guess what? Jesus chose me to be his friend, I didn't choose him first:

John 15:16 - It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.

How wonderful is it to have someone choose you to be their friend? Jesus particularly likes to be friends with societal outcasts, as we see throughout the Gospels. Jesus also empathizes with us (autistic people) very much, because Jesus, like us, went through the awfulness of not fitting into the rest of the world and being rejected.

John 1:11 - He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

Isaiah 53:3 - He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.

I love you, Jesus, because you loved me first.

Thank you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.