July 30, 2011
Jesus and the Psalms
The Hatred towards Jesus and The Psalms
John 15:25, Page 1687
Jesus created mankind, and knows all about men. Great evil dwells in the hearts of men, but Jesus loves people all the time. As we study this passage in John 15.25, page 1687 today, keep in mind that Jesus has been preparing His disciples for His death, resurrection and departure from them.
The World Hated Jesus before You. In John 10:18, pages 1686-1687, Jesus told His disciples to understand that the world would hate them. Jesus uses this phrase: “If the world” meaning that it certainly does hate them (first class condition). At times in my life, I have done some very dumb things, and people have been hurt and offended by my behavior. Yet, at other times, I have simply proclaimed the Word of God to people, and testified for Jesus, and people have hated me for confronting their sin in light of Scripture. Jesus reminded His disciples that even if they live a perfect life of love before men, the world will still hate them, just as the world hated Jesus and finally crucified Him. Jesus explains the reasons why the world hates the disciples of Jesus, and the same truths apply today.
Jesus Chose You. In John 10:19, page 1687, we learn that the primary reason the world hates you is because Jesus chose you out of the world. This doctrine that God chose (“ἐξελεξάμην“) you for salvation plays an important role here. The phrase “If you were of he world” means an unfulfilled condition, and contrary to the existing facts, because the believers are not of the world. As you grew up before you were born again in Christ, the world loved (“ἐφίλει“) you because you were of the world, and the world loves its own. But God chose you and singled you out for His salvation. He chose you out of the world (John 15:16, page 1686; Ephesians 1:4, page 1827), so now you belong to God, and no longer belong to the world. Think for a moment how great the love of God is in your life. Jesus chose you to be with Him forever, and live in His love for eternity. The world despised Him, and because He chose you and not them, they hate you, like they hated Him. You live in His, and the wrath of God abides upon them (John 3:36, page 1659).
You Will Be Persecuted. Jesus not only warned His disciples that the world would hate them, but He also declared that the world would persecute (“διώξουσιν“) them. By the phrase “if they persecuted Me,” Jesus means that the world certainly persecuted Him, and the world will also persecute them. Flowing from their evil hearts would come evil persecutions. In John 10:29, page 1687, Jesus reminds the disciples to think about His words. Today, we can find great encouragement to face the hatred of the world by remembering the words of Jesus. If people learn that you follow Jesus Christ and live for Him, they will hate you like they hated Him. They did not obey His word, and they will not obey your word either.
So we learn more about Jesus and the Psalms today.
● Jesus told His disciples that the world hated Him, and the world will hate His disciples also, because God chose them out of the world.
● Jesus exposed the sin of the people by testifying of God through His works, so that the world hated Him without excuse.
● Because Jesus had only testified to them of the Father, Who sent Jesus to them, they hated both Jesus and His Father without excuse.
Application for Today
As I live today, I will remember that Jesus told me that the world would hate me and persecute me for His name’s sake. Instead of being discouraged by that hatred, I should be fortified with the memories of Jesus loving words to me: “I chose you out of the world.” I am no longer of the world, and the world will absolutely hate me like it hates Jesus and His Father to this day. The world hates Jesus without excuse and without a cause. He loves the world, and gave His life for the sins of the entire world. Will you be ready to face the hatred of the world today?