Yesterday, I discussed love and how we are to love one another. Even if we don’t agree with the person, we are to still love them. Today, I’m going to the opposite side of it, hatred. Believe it or not, that’s what follows the instruction to Love one another.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
These are still the words of Jesus himself. He’s reminding us to remember that the world hated him before they hated us.
19 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.
If we belonged to the world, and followed the world’s beliefs, the world would love us. However, we, as Christians, don’t belong to the world. Jesus, God, chose us, and removed us from the world, and therefore, the world hates us.
20 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.
I do feel it’s important to remember that a servant is no greater, better, than his master. Those people that persecuted Jesus, will also persecute his followers. If they obey Jesus’ teachings, they will also obey other Christian’s teachings. Be wary of the teachings you follow though. Search it out, make sure it’s accurate to the bible. Not all are and actually leads to false teachings, and well, just not good.
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.
Christians will be treated harshly because of Jesus, for those that treat us harshly do not know God, and in my experience, most do not care to know him. They don’t want to have to give up their sin.
22 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.
Here’s the kicker though – they KNOW that they are guilty of the sin, they don’t care. But they have no excuse for it in God’s eyes. They’ve been told, they are aware.
23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.
This one is fairly obvious: they hate Jesus, so they hate God.
24 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.
If Jesus had not come to us, and lived among us, teaching us, then those people would not be guilty of sin. Instead, he did come to us, he lived among us, taught us the way, was persecuted, killed, buried, and then defeated death and rose again, walked the earth again for 40 days and it was witnessed by 500 people, and then ascended to heaven. Yet, people will not believe, and still persecute him, thereby hating Jesus, and God.
25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.
This, however, fulfills the Law, the prophecy. Those that persecute Jesus, hate him without reason. You see, what the final ‘judgement’ on Jesus was, to crucify him, was that he committed blasphemy. A trumped up charge as he never actually committed that act. And for false blasphemy, he was nailed to a cross to die.
It’s amazing what a friend will do for you, isn’t it? Due to their hatred, he was killed. He was killed for our sins, as he was the sacrifice that God offered to us. We really should respect that and live as we’ve been commanded. We should be right with God, and not ourselves.