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They Hated Me First

This world, oh this world. In this world we are mocked. We are called narrow minded. We are called ignorant. We are despised. We have chosen to follow Christ and His teachings and for that we are exposed to the hatred of those who do not understand. We have chosen to model our lives by His written word, the Bible. (Which, if they did any research on would find, is historically accurate in its writings. And the prophesies that have already been fulfilled, not only in the life of Christ but also in the rise and fall of nations are far beyond coincidental. But that’s another topic for another time.)

Honestly, the vitriol and hatred spewed toward the church is hard to fathom but it shouldn’t be surprising at all. Jesus said in John 15:18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If he 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 the you.” You will notice though, that Jesus wasn’t crucified by the world, per se. He was given up by the religious. The Pharisees were offended at Jesus at every turn. He walked this world in the power of the Holy Spirit and never strayed from the will of His Father. This threatened to pull their well ordered world of religious tradition down around their ears.

When we are on the receiving end of that kind of hatred, our first instinct is to back off or quiet down. But we must not. The world does not dictate what the word of God says. It says what it is meant to say.  It is the infallible, immutable Word of God. We don’t get to leave out the parts we don’t like or don’t agree with. And for heaven’s sake don’t let someone who has never read it or has read it through a veil of humanism and philosophy tell you what God “meant” to say. They do not know him and therefore do not get to speak for Him.

“Consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” (Hebrews 12 3-4) Few of us have been falsely accused and even fewer have resisted unto blood. The religious leaders hated him. Hated him. Jesus goes on to say, in John 15:20 ““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.” We are not above our master. He was tried and when they couldn’t find anything to convict him of they brutally murdered him anyway. So what do we do? We stand firm. We hold fast. We endure, unwavering in our faith.

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬

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