Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:9-13 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Lately, we’ve been hearing about hate raids on Twitch. If you think about it, we’ve been hearing about hate in the world in general a lot lately. We’ve been hearing about hate for people who are different, or who have different viewpoints or values. We’ve heard about hate for churches, and for Christians. It’s disheartening and disappointing and scary. But there’s one thing that it should not be. Surprising. We should not be surprised, because as followers of Christ we should know what Christ said – and Christ said people would hate us because of Him!
Why? Because people are, each in their own way, strong and smart and resourceful and independent. And we like that image of ourselves! (I know I do.) And that leads us to think that we don’t need anyone except ourselves. And then Christians come along and point out the ONE thing we can’t do for ourselves – we can’t cancel out our own sin. And we don’t want to be told we can’t do something! Some of us take that as a personal challenge, when we’re told we can’t do something. “Just you watch me. I will so do that!” But we can’t do that with sin. We can’t climb up into heaven and erase our sins from God’s sight ourselves. (And maybe, just maybe, all those other things we thought we did on our own…weren’t completely our own either.) So that leaves us in a predicament. We might have to admit that we aren’t as strong and smart and resourceful and independent as we thought, and that we do need a savior. Or – we can just be ticked off at the people who remind us of our sin, and our inability to solve it. Jesus said:
John 15:18“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
That’s…not very comforting, is it? Or, maybe it is…because Jesus knows what we’re going through, being hated by the world. We have a savior who understands how it feels to be hated. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take the hand of someone else who is hated, and spread some love.