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Topic: Friend (11/02/17)
TITLE: What's a Kiss Between Buddies?
By Mike Hill
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Huh? Can you repeat what you just said?
Scott, groaning with pain, replies Im not sure you fit the bill as a friend.
Mark gasped and blurted out REALLY! After all the fun weve had together? I even let you kiss my sister!
Now, dont get all bent out of shape. Besides, you charged me a buck for that kiss. Let me explain what I mean. You remember Judas from Sunday School dont you?
Who was he?
Mrs. Mitchell said that besides being one of the twelve Apostles, he was a traitor, liar, cheat, and a sneak thief. What does this have to do with me?
Yep, hes all that and more. But what else did Jesus call him?
Ding, ding correct answer! And what else?
I cant think of anything else. And again, what does Judas have to do with me? Are you telling me that you consider me like Judas? Ive never betr.!
Ok, knucklehead pick up that old bible off the table and open it to Matthew 26:47-50 and tell me what Jesus calls Judas.
Wait! No way! he calls Judas a friend!
And what had Judas just done?
Well lets see. Looking back at the passage, Mark blurted, He kissed him!
Do you think this is the same type of kiss Mrs. Mitchell was talking about that Paul mentioned in Romans a holy kiss?
No way! Jesus got arrested and beaten and killed after that kiss. So what are you getting at? I aint never gonna kiss you no way, never, nada!
You better not kiss me!" Holding up a fist Scott says "Youll get this upside your head if you do.
Ok, what about this friend thing? Why did Jesus call Judas his friend?
I have no idea.
That's good! Then wh..
Well, lets look at another verse. Turn to Romans 5:7 - It isnt often that someone will die for a righteous person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person.
But..but.that is just Paul exaggerating!
REALLY? When will you learn? Flipping through the old bible, Scott stops at John 15:13-15. Now, what does Jesus say?
How do you remember all this stuff? Are you gonna become a preacher or something? Mark pointed to the passage. Right there, Jesus says the same thing! Hmmmso.to, prove that I am your friend I have to do something stupid like.die?
No, No, thats not what I meant. I only wanted to be funny about you not kissing me and betraying me. Youre my best friend. We have fun together, and I dont want that to stop.
Whew, good, but thats getting mushy!
Yeh, but at a time like this, I mean it!
Proverbs says lots of things about friends. Look up and read Proverbs sometimes. It says that to have a friend, one must be a friend.
Just be glad you aint King David! Hes thought of as a friend of God, isnt he?"
I guess so. But didnt little David hit that big guy in the head with a rock and cut his head off? How could he be a friend of God after doing that? Besides what does that have to do with me?
He danced in front of God..in his underwear!
Youre putting me on no way!
All Im gonna say is, read 2 Samuel 6:14. Now, you remember that kiss earlier look here at Proverbs 27 - Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Stop with all that kissing stuff!
Suddenly, Scott jumps up out of bed. Oh, come on, lets go play some football. Im not dying I think I must have eaten some bad candy or something! Just be glad youre not Abrahams son.
Abraham is called a friend of God because he was just about to kill his son.
Thats what Mrs. Mitchell said.
Youre crazy. Lets go play ball.
Im the quarterback.
Ok, but, I still aint gonna kiss you!
How, can I get through your thick head? Go back to John 15:14 - You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Well, friend, go get me a hot dog!
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