Hated by the World
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 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 word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ /// John 15:18-25 (NKJV)
Devotion to Jesus – true devotion to Him comes at a price. What price are we talking about?
Why does the world hate those who follow Christ? Let’s look at a few reasons tonight why the world hates those who truly follow the Lord.
1. Your life is a testimony to holiness.
As a true disciple of Christ, your life changes. You are set free from the control of sin, cease to live to protect your sin, and you live for the glory of Jesus instead of the glorification of the things the world glorifies. This causes you to stand out in behavior and attitude. While standing out serves as a testimony to people it also is a direct affront to their excuses for being in sin. Therefore, your life serves as a light of truth shining upon the deceptions of darkness. When your life challenges their deception by revealing it as deception, many get angry because they have been revealed as sinners.
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm to the word of life. /// Philippians 2:14-16 (CSB)
2. They hate the biblical Jesus
Notice the phrasing “they hate the biblical Jesus”. That’s because many have created Jesus in their own image. They have done like the children of Israel did when Moses was on the mountain – Aaron creating the golden calf. Jesus said that they will hate and persecute you because of “My name’s sake”. They hate you because you are the carrier but it isn’t really about you: it is about the Lordship of Jesus. They do not want to be under authority – they want to be their own gods. It is the presence of the poison of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil running through their veins.
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. /// 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NKJV)
3. Jesus defines righteousness and sin
This is so much like the second reason: they hate the biblical Jesus. You see, they don’t like Jesus – not because of His love but because of His righteousness and His view of sin. If they could divorce Jesus from His righteousness, justice, holiness – then they would like Him. Then, He would be nothing more than an ideal version of themselves. But, His love makes Him an enemy of sin. The foundation of His throne is truth and righteousness. Therefore, they hate what they view His judgmental attitude toward people. They forget completely that they opened the door to Satan’s dominion in their world and lives. They willfully forget that Jesus is the only One who came to free them from the grip of sin and Satan. If He just wouldn’t say anything about sin………
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. /// Psalm 52:3 (NKJV)
4. The presence of the Holy Spirit
Jesus said that the ministry of the Holy Spirit would be the He would convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit is active in the world – convicting, healing, delivering, etc. When He does these works, He testifies to the reality of Jesus. That confronts the unbeliever with the truth of who God is and what He does. This also leads back to number one: miraculous divine acts which create people and situations touched by holiness. Remember the man who was born blind in John 9? The testimony of his healing verified Jesus’ authority which challenged their own.
"One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” /// John 9:25 (NKJV)
They hate you because they hated Him first. Keeping this in mind keeps it from being personal for you. But, we all must count the cost of following the Lord. It does cost us the love and esteem of the world, but it gives us eternal life and eternal access to the riches of the love of God!
- John 15:18-25 (NKJV)
- Philippians 2:14-16 (CSB)
- 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NKJV)
- Psalm 52:3 (NKJV)
- John 9:25 (NKJV)
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