The world’s hatred
Scripture reading for November 11th: John 15
Key Verses: John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but 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, the will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of My Name, because they do not know Him Who sent Me.”
Jesus knew that trouble and persecution were coming. In fact, He would shortly be falsely accused, arrested, tortured and crucified by the religious establishment and the world system of Rome. Those in the world system hated Jesus and plotted His murder in spite of the miraculous signs and healings Jesus had done. As followers of Jesus, His disciples were going to find the same hatred and persecution and Jesus wanted to prepare them for it. These words were also written down for followers of Jesus throughout time to prepare them for coming hatred and ill treatment, especially in the last days. We must examine our lives. Are we true followers of Jesus and responding to His call to come out of the world system? We are citizens of Heaven and await a Savior, our King Jesus!
John 15:24-25 “If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated Me without a cause.'”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I love You and Your Son Jesus Christ. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, enabling me to love my brothers and sisters in the Church and to reach out to a lost world that hates You and Your Son. Empower me to show love and bear witness to them through Your powerful Gospel. May many be saved and called out of the world into Your glorious kingdom of eternal life and light.
John 15:26-27 “But when the Helper comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”