“Love in the Midst of Hatred”
3 views of evil which dominate our world:
Eastern Philosophy – _________________________________________________________________
The Secularist View – ________________________________________________________________
The Biblical View – The Bible deals with the tri-lemma posed by atheists in their arguments against God: Evil is very evil; God is very good; God is all powerful.
Christianity says the Bible declares all 3 statements to be true but with a twist.
Evil is terribly evil but it wasn’t supposed to be this way. (the fall)
God is completely good and that is why He can be trusted. God cares, God comes, God saves!
God is all powerful and His power was made manifest in Jesus Christ, passed along to us by faith in Him. John 15:18-16:4 Rejected by the world.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” ________________________________________________________________________________ Some recent examples of the culture clash in the USA:
1. Christian owned businesses ___________________________________________________
2. The Bible and education – ____________________________________________________
3. Praying at public events ______________________________________________________
4. Even though persecution is increasing in America, we pale in comparison to the extent of such persecution in the rest of the world. Christians are imprisoned and killed for their faith every day in Asia and the Middle East.
Just as this was hard for the disciples to hear it is hard for us to understand it today. In the Gospel of John we get the full view of how this situation came about. From John 3:16, “God so loved the world”, to today’s text “the world hates you”, the vigorous rejection of God by the world can be seen.______________________________________________________________________________
The second part of verse 20 refers to keeping the word, obedience and is awkward in translation. The New English Bible, “they will follow your teaching as little as the have followed Mine”.
Jesus, speaking here in the near term to His disciples is likening them to prophets in His warning, very similar to the warning given to Ezekiel: “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” (3:1) “For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.” (vs. 5-7) _________________________________________________________________________________
4. This is the meaning of verse 27, “you also will bear witness”. _____________________________ It was true for the 11 and it is true for us. “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.” (16:2) You see secular humanism denies a Creator which is the point of verse 3: “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.”
Jesus ends this thought in verse 4 with a kind of “all things in their season” statement.
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