The Love of Christ and the Hatred of the World, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 249)
TEXT: John 15:18-20
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye 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 you.
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.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 249.
C.I. Scofield said, “The promise to the Church is a promise of persecution, if faithful in this world, but a promise of a great inheritance and reward hereafter. In the meantime, she is to be a pilgrim body, passing through this scene, but abiding above.”
Just as Jesus promised the disciples that they would share in His ministry and eventually in His glory, He lets them know that they will also share in His suffering. To make this point, Jesus refers to a previous statement: “The servant is not greater than his lord.” Just as the Jews persecuted Jesus and eventually killed Him, they persecuted the disciples and killed all of them but one. Only John, the writer of this Gospel, died a natural death.
As Warren Wiersbe notes, when Jesus originally told the disciples that no servant is greater than his master, “He was referring to their need to imitate His humble service. But the principle has other applications. Christians are to identify so closely with Jesus that they share in His sufferings.”
Every Sunday, we mark the fact that Jesus suffered, bled, and died for us. He put blood, sweat, and tears into His work. His journey through this world was not easy. From day one, He was opposed, ridiculed, threatened, and slandered. Once a crowd led by the religious establishment tried to stone Him on the spot. For several weeks in the latter part of His life, there was a warrant out for His arrest. If Jesus, who was perfect, humble, loving, compassionate, and a miracle-worker, was treated like this, how can those who follow Him today expect to be treated any differently especially with all our sins, weaknesses and evil? The world will have a much easier task of finding a way to attack us — we are not perfect, we are flawed, we have made and can make mistakes. On top of that, we haven’t worked any miracles. Jesus says, “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
One commentator has noted that Jesus’ next statement could have been taken humorously by the disciples. Jesus says, “If they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” The point being that most people had not taken heed to Jesus’ words. Only the disciples, a few women, and a couple of secret believers stood with Jesus at the end of His life. The mob demanded that His life be traded for that of a robber. Another way of putting Jesus’ statement is, “The world will pay the same attention to your words as they did to mine; that is, almost none.”
The comfort for the disciples at this news was that, not only would they be sharing in the suffering of the suffering of their Lord, but when it was their turn to suffer, He would be with them as well. When Jesus stopped Saul on the road to Damascus, He did not say, ‘Why are you persecuting my followers?’ He said, ‘Why persecutest thou Me?’ Any pain or suffering that is inflicting on believers is felt by Jesus Christ. We all know that it is better to go through difficult circumstances when we know that someone is going through it with us.
Christians today should not be shocked or surprised when we experience conflict with the world. The thing we must remember is that Jesus experienced it first and that He is experiencing it with us today.
Isaac Watts wrote:
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
The world will always be in opposition to Christ. But if you are in the world, you do not have to remain there. Jesus came to save the world from sin and the punishment. Will you receive Him today? Here is how.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.