When [Jesus] arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem» (John 4:45).
Benjamin stood facing the room of dignitaries. The nervous schoolmaster had asked him to recite the wrong story, one as-signed to Nathan, a fellow classmate who’d barely been able to learn it in time. If he gave it, his friend would be in trouble. But if he pointed out the schoolmaster’s mistake, he’d embarrass the man terribly. The governor, thinking Benjamin was being stubborn by not speaking, had ordered that the teacher whip him.
Just then they heard a disturbance in the back of the hall. Nathan had become sick and his dad was leading him out. Benjamin took this opportunity to lean close to his teacher’s ear. «Excuse me, sir,» he whispered politely. «I think you asked me to recite the wrong story.»
«Did I? Oh, I’m sorry!» stammered the schoolmaster. «I’m very nervous with so many important men here. Thank you.»
«And sir?» Benjamin cleared his throat. «Please don’t whip me.»
Of course the teacher didn’t whip him. Such unselfish loyalty through the years helped Benjamin Franklin win the respect and friendship of many people.
Being a friend, even to adults, can cost you. You may have to receive ridicule that should go elsewhere. Or you may get punished because someone made an error. But isn’t that exactly what Jesus did? He died for our sins, suffered for our mistakes. Jesus was treated as we deserve so we could be treated as He deserves.
Go ahead. Do a brave thing today. Be someone’s friend.