Thursday, June 2, 2011

They Hated Me First

Remember Jesus' words to his disciples:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ (John 15:18-25)

These are not words to pursue people for the purpose of being hated but rather sharing with others the truth about Jesus Christ because of our love for him. The world will despise those who are followers of Jesus Christ because they hate the One we love. Our comfort comes from knowing we belong to Christ and that he has chosen out of the world. Christian, rest in the grace of God and be actively looking to share the message of the gospel with a dying world.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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