Jesus came to die for us. He didn’t just die to die but that we could get to God through Him. He died so we could be a friend of God.
First we are made in Gods image. We desire personal relationships. We get married, we have children, we have friends. At church, we have fellowship. We desire these relationships because we are made in the image of God. God desires relationships.
God’s first relationship was with Adam and Eve. He talked to Adam Genesis 2:19-20 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
God went looking for Adam and Eve Genesis 4:9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He talked to Cain Genesis 4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Then Jesus said John 15:13-15 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a 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.
We are a friend of God when we belive and take hold of the grace God has offered us.
Exodus 33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
James 2:22-23 you see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
It is the grace through faith which gives us access to God as a friend. We must believe Jesus died for our sins. That He was raised from the dead and we must confess it. Through the blood of Jesus which he shed on different occasions – in the garden praying, the crown of thorns, the whipping, the nailing to the cross, the spear in the side, we are seen as perfect by God.
God is not just there when we get in trouble. He is there for us all the time. You can tell Him the good things that happened today and some of the problems that you had. You can tell your plans for the future. You can speak to God as you would your best friend.