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It is normal for people who don’t like you to dislike those who like you. Ever heard of inherited enemies? I just don’t like you because you associate with a person I fell out with. This means, I would have been your friend, but your attachment to my enemies make you an enemy: Whether I know your name or not, I don’t like you.
Jesus was hated to a point of being crucified, the fact that He called Himself the Messiah did not rub well with the people around him, He died on the cross and rose again after three days. Ever wondered what happened to his friends? What happened to his disciples? Jesus had prepared them in Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. They had seen what had happened to their master, and they still continued spreading the Gospel. To me, that is proof that Jesus is real, if He wasn’t, who would have wanted to be beheaded for His sake?
James was the first one to die after Jesus; he was executed with a sword. Peter was crucified upside down. Bartholomew flayed and then beheaded. Thomas was stabbed with spears Jude was martyred in Syria. These are examples of what friends of Jesus went through, persecution and execution. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.’ John 15: 18-19
Are you hated by the world? Why not? If you are a friend of Jesus, then you should be hated by the world. His enemies hate his friends. Jesus prepares us by saying , ‘because we are not of the world, the world will hate us.’ It is normal and it is okay, this should not scare us off, instead we should hold on to Jesus because He has overcome the world.
Rejoice if the world hates you for doing good; rejoice if you face any kind of persecution for Christ’s sake. We suffer in Him so that we may be glorified in Him. We all have a choice to make, suffer for being Jesus’ friends or be loved by the world and miss out on eternal life. May God help us to rejoice in the suffering.