If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (John 15:18-20)
Here is a word of exhortation from the Lord Jesus Christ to His followers. The Lord was telling them (and us also) that they (we) should expect hatred and persecution from the people in the world. Jesus, the one who came down from above, the one who was without sin and who went about doing nothing but good, was hated and persecuted by many. The Lord Jesus Christ told His followers that the reason that they would be hated and persecuted was because they were “not of the world.” To the natural mind this may be a little hard to understand, but to those who have had their “spiritual eyes” opened by their merciful Saviour it is not hard to understand at all.Any person who has put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and has been born again of the Spirit realizes that this “world” is not their home. Any person who truly knows the Lord as their Saviour also realizes that it was nothing but the mercy and grace of God that brought them into His kingdom. We realize that the blood that Christ shed was for us and for our own sins and not His. That is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is what is offered to every single man and woman on planet earth.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. (John 15:21-23)
The Lord told His followers that they would be hated and persecuted because their persecutors did not know Him (the Father) who sent Him. Jesus was speaking of the Father who is in heaven above and the one who sent Jesus, the “Lamb of God”, to be the perfect sacrifice for their sins. Jesus went on to say that those who rejected Him had no cloke for their sin because He had spoken to them. In other words, the Lord was telling them that their was no excuse for them because He had preached the Word of God to them. If that same Word of God was living inside of them, they would have received Him when He came. We must never forget the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ came down from heaven above to redeem the world. Every sacrifice in the Old Testament was merely a type and a shadow which pointed to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross. There are prophecies galore in the Old Testament which pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ which were fulfilled to the very letter. And yet with all of this, when Jesus Christ came into this world the majority of the Jewish people rejected Him.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:11-12)
The Lord Jesus Christ was rejected by most of the Jewish people, but the Lord still offered salvation to every one of them who believed in Him. The Jewish people had the scriptures in their possession and the Lord was making it clear that those same scriptures testified specifically about Him!
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (John 5:37-40)
This is one of the most powerful rebukes in the Word of God from the Lord Jesus Christ to His “own people.” He told them that the very scriptures which they held in their possession, and in which they were assured of eternal life, pointed to Him. The Lord was standing right before them and yet they wanted nothing to do with Him. The very heart of the scriptures and the central thought of those scriptures was all about Christ. He told them that they would not come to Him, the only person that could give them that eternal life which they desired!
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. (John 15:24-24)
The Lord did not leave His followers without any hope. In fact He told them that the Spirit of God would be their comfort and the same one who would direct them into the truth. What more could a person ask for. Yes we will be hated by those who do not want Jesus Christ but the Lord promises to be with us through it all. For those of you who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ you must realize that there is no cloke for your sin outside of Jesus Christ according to His own words. Listen to what the prophet Isaiah said about this subject:
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
This verse destroys the myth of the “good person”. It encourages us to come to the Lord for mercy and to be reconciled back to God through His Son Jesus Christ. God puts no difference between the Jewish and the Gentile person. We all fit into the category of sinners in need of a Saviour.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)