John 15:18-If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, the world therefore hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also.21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not performed among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin. But now have they seen and hated both My Father and Me.
25 But that the word which is written in their law might be fulfilled, ‘They hated Me without a cause.'
Hate- "miseo" in greek. It means "I hate, detest, love less, esteem less. to renounce one choice in favor of another."
Jesus declares, "if the world hates you, know that it hated Him first. "
Jesus said "Christians will have hurtful things done to them because we are identified with Him.
Jesus also said "this hatred will come from those who do not know God the Father who sent Him."
Hated by those who oppose Christ? Expect it!!!
If you follow Jesus Christ, you will be hated. That’s right: HATED! Whether you like it or not, the Bible is clear that Christians will be hated and rejected by those who do not know God.
One thing of surety and that is "it is better to experience Jesus’ unconditional and eternal love than to be popular among those who oppose our God.
Jesus is sending forth a reminder to all those that belong to Him that He was hated from the time of His birth to the time of His death and as His followers, we must expect the same hatred towards us.
Ponder on scriptures in the bible that tells us how Jesus was hated when His life began. He was hated from birth. Remember King Herod and his hate towards Jesus that caused him to order the killing of every boy baby 2 years and under? Remember that in scripture? Yes, read it for it is there!
Herods are still alive today! They are not portraying to be kings, but they are disguise as normal everyday people.
The hate for Jesus did not stop there for His life ended in death that was launched out of pure hatred for Him. He was crucified at the command of His own people.
Hated by the world? Marvel not! Do not take it personally. Jesus is the reason behind the madness towards you from those who do not know God.
John 15:20-Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his Master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also.
In vs#21 we are given the reason for the hated of Jesus, God and Christians today. Jesus said this hatred is because of ignorance of who God is.
Let's listen: 21-But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”
The world will persecute Christians because they don’t know God. There is a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God through a personal relationship with Him.
Our persecutors don’t know the one true God, they only know of Him.
People of God, keep the faith and stay in the race, knowinf that your labor is not in vain.
God bless you all on today and do tell the Lord thank you for divine wisdom that makes it clear as to us why we are hated by those who do not know Him.