As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:1-4
The friendship of Jonathan and David is so incredible to me. Here you have Jonathan, the son of King Saul. He’s probably been groomed to succeed the throne after Saul steps down or dies. When David is chosen to succeed instead, Jonathan doesn’t resent him like you would expect. Instead, Jonathan loves David as himself. You see the very first Prince of Israel graciously give up his position for his best friend.
After reading some passages in 1 Samuel, I am astounded by Jonathan. He’s not a huge player, but when he shows up on the screen he is pretty terrific by the way he conquers the enemy by fully trusting in God to the way he protects his best friend David while honoring his evil father King Saul. (Seriously, for having such a twisted father who even threw a javelin at his own flesh and blood, I don’t know how Jonathan came out so well-rounded.)
It might not seem like it, but Jonathan played a huge role in the life of David. Without Jonathan’s help, David would not have been able to escape under King Saul’s nose by sending him messages. These two men loved each other so much that they wept when they said their goodbyes to each other and made a promise that God would be between them and their offspring forever. Now that’s got to be the greatest bromance of the Old Testament.
Now as great as that relationship was, there’s an even greater friendship that crosses generations, gender, and culture. A heavenly King graciously stepped down from His place next to the Father in order to live a humble life as a human and die a wretched death on a cross in order to be MY FRIEND! Jonathan’s earthly father tried to throw a spear at his son, but Jonathan was able to avoid the injury and pain. Jesus’ heavenly Father poured out His wrath on Him on the cross, and He had to endure every last painful moment of it.
If you don’t have Jesus in your intimate circle, you are really MISSING OUT! He is the one Being in the whole universe who truly understands your desires, is aware of all your flaws, but still loves you. “What a friend we have in Jesus!” I hope you can claim that.