20 Remember the word I said to you; a slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will Keep yours.
21 But, because of My name, they will do all these things to you, since they do not know the One who sent Me.
The words of verse 2 are similar to the words that Jesus spoke earlier in His ministry:
“It is enough for the disciple that he becomes like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” – Matthew 10.25.
The oneness that the followers of Jesus enjoy will also bring persecution from the world. The reason for this is that if we truly remain faithful to Him and His word, then the world will be offended.
It is never the intention of the believers to set out to antagonise and offend anyone. However, the truth is that many will take offence at the gospel of Jesus, and at those who faithfully preach it.
People will choose to be hurt by the truth of God’s word that we uphold and proclaim. The reason for this is that the word of God is completely different from the words of the world.
As an instance, Governments believe that they can redefine marriage and will allow the prosecution of those who refuse to acknowledge this in their businesses.
This is part of the persecution of those who remain faithful to God’s word.
It must always be our objective to proclaim the love of God for all people, because God loves the whole world. We are all sinners, and we all stand in need of the saving grace of God, displayed for us in Jesus. The love that God has for all people must be shown in and through God’s people. When people are offended by the truth of God’s word, we must continue to love them, and show them that God loves them.
A quote by Billy Graham, the American Evangelists is:
Our society seeks to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.
This is very true. The consequence is that the truth of God is lost in the fog of compromise. Sadly there are those Christian leaders who abandon the truth of God’s word and adopt the false teaching of the popular culture.
Remaining true to Jesus brings unpopularity.