March 26, 2020 – Thursday
John 15:20-21 NIV
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed My teaching, they will obey yours also.
21 They will treat you this way because of My name, for they do not know the one who sent Me.
Are you a Christian? Do you call yourself a Christian? If indeed you are a Christian then those who would persecute Christ, they would also persecute you. Today they would not so much persecute Christ in the USA, but would much more likely mock Him and accuse Him of being a hater even as He would spread a message of God’s love. Not really so different from what happened in Israel, except there it led to His execution by crucifixion.
Then again, today there would be many who would obey His teaching. Just like today there are those who respond still to the Good News of Jesus. Sure, it is not as popular as it once was as everyone seeks to do their own thing and do not want to be told if their actions are sinful. In fact to call almost any act a sin nowadays is considered to be an act of hate. Peter Pett wrote The world is consistent. Where it hates the Master, it hates those who are like the Master. The more Christ-like the disciples are, the more they must expect the treatment meted out to Jesus. For those who would respond in hatred to Jesus will respond to them in the same way. Those who would hate and persecute Him, will hate and persecute them. But in the end this is because they do not know ‘Him Who sent Me’. It is because they do not really know God the Father. If they had they would have recognised the Father in the Son, and then the whole world would have been changed.
This is okay. This is the life we have chosen, to follow Christ, to live in God’s will. We have the blessing of having our sins forgiven, the blessing of knowing we have an eternal home in heaven. Even when we fail and fall, we know God has His hand out to help us up once again so we may walk the path He has laid out for us. We have so many blessings from God in our lives it is difficult to describe, but I like the way Paul put it in Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. And in 1 Corinthians 9:23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
We know the one who sent Jesus, His Father, our Father, so we have many many blessings to look forward to in this life and especially in the next life. After all The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton