Wednesday 29 April, 2015
John 15:22-25KNOWING THE REAL JESUS
If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’(vss 24-25)
Sometimes the name ‘Jesus’ is one of the hardest names to say out loud. When we’re asked about our faith, the easy way out is to talk about ‘God’ or being ‘spiritual’ or something else that might not offend many people. Jesus can be very offensive, and to say that he is God is very offensive. Why does he provoke such a reaction?
This passage suggests that hatred of Jesus is linked to hatred of his Father too. It’s not possible to hate Jesus and love the Father, or love God. They are one and the same.
To those of us who know Jesus, hating him seems impossible. But it happens. But do those who hate him know what he did, how he lived his life on earth? Have they been given a true understanding of Jesus? Is the reason they hate him based on a false understanding?
Because of terrible things done in the name of Christ, some people think that Jesus taught such behaviour. Others see the worst acts done by Christians and put the blame on Jesus. They do not yet know the true works of Jesus or his redemption. Can we show them the truth about Jesus’ love for them, even if we take the risk that they will continue to hate?
Prayer † Dear Lord, thank you for the words you speak, the works you do and the salvation you provide. Help us to say your name freely and to represent you truthfully. May more people know your love for them. Amen.
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