The Love of Christ and the Hatred of the World, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 254)
TEXT: John 15:20-25
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.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
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 254.
Merrill C. Tenney said, “By both his life and his words, Jesus rebukes human sin and condemns it. He uncovers the inner corruption and hypocrisy of men, and they react violently to the disclosure.”
In verse 24, Jesus expands on the reasoning of verse 22 as to why the world hated Him and why the world would hate His disciples. In verse 22, He said that His coming and His words revealed them as sinners, and they no longer had a “cloak” for their sins. Then, He says further, “If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.”
Perhaps you have had the experience of witnessing someone else doing good and then you feel guilty and/or ashamed because you could have and should have done the good that they have done. This is similar to what Jesus is talking about when He says, “If I had not done among them the works which none other man did.” Jesus did not just convict the Jews by His words and by His miracles, but He convicted them also by His lifestyle. The Jews, particularly the Jewish religious establishment, looked at Jesus’ lifestyle and saw how different it was from theirs. Jesus was not a money-seeker. He was not a part of their system of gouging the common people in order to pad their own pockets and bank accounts. He wasn’t seeking honor or glory. He often had no place to lay His head. He was loved by the common people who chafed and grumbled under the legalism taught by the religious leaders. He taught the word of God simply and powerfully, in a way that captivated every audience. On top of that, Jesus worked miracles that backed up His claims. And the religious leaders hated Him for that. Jesus’ life brought conviction to their hearts.
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck said, “The nation as a whole rejected both Jesus and the Father because, in their sins, they loved darkness rather than light. The nation thought it was serving God in rejecting Jesus, but in reality it was serving Satan. Sin is basically irrational. Their hatred of Jesus was without any rational cause which fits the pattern of hatred for righteous people” as seen throughout Scripture.
It would be the same way for the disciples and for Christians who followed them. Their lifestyle would be a testimony to the power of Christ. They would be “doing the works that no other man did.” And their actions would reveal sin in the lives of those who remained in the world system.
Now, of course, the “IF” of Jesus’ statement — “If I had not done those works” — raises the possibility that the disciples would have a choice to do or not do the works of their Father. That is the temptation that Christians face today. We face the pressure to conform, to not live as Christians publicly, to hide our faith when we are around the people of the world, to put a basket over our candlestick. If we do that, we may avoid persecution, but we are not being salt and light in the world. We may avoid being hated for a while, but we will be doing a disservice to the world that desperately needs the light of Christ.
One poet wrote:
Let your light so shine that the world may see
How to come to Christ who will set them free;
Let its rays gleam bright when the darkness falls,
Till each sinful soul for the Savior calls.
Dear sinner, what will you do with Christ? Will you block Him out or let His light shine in? Here is how you can receive Him as your Lord and Savior today.
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.