John 17.14-16 cont.
14 I have given them Your word, and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I do not ask that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.
The hatred of Christians is increasingly being seen in various parts of the world. In numerous countries the followers of Jesus are being forced from their homes; imprisoned for their faith; and sacked from their employment.
Many thousands end up becoming refugees with no place to call home, reliant on the good nature of other countries to take them in and provide for them.
What is happening is not new. Jesus prayed about it in His prayer, saying that the world hated His disciples, just as they hated Him.
The reason for the world’s hatred is because every believer and follower of Jesus is no longer part of this world. The moment we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we are born again into His glorious Kingdom of Light. No longer are we a part of this world or the kingdom of darkness, in which this world is immersed.
We are joined to Jesus; we belong to Him, having been bought with the price of His own blood. Therefore, like, Jesus, we live in the atmosphere of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Yet we still live in the world, though we are not part of it. It is this separation that the world cannot understand. We all know that the world does not like things that are different. Rivalries immerge between different factions that are different from each other. The rivalries between football clubs occasionally spills over in to violence, because of their differences.
Jesus has made us different. Now we know that we are sinners whom He has saved from death and Hell. Now we know that we are totally reliant on His grace to save us.
The world has a different perspective in that it believes that man can save himself, and that to rely on God is a sign of weakness.
We know that such a philosophy has the seal of death and defeat on it.
It is because of our reliance on Jesus and our adherence to Him and His teaching that the world will hate us.
However, we can be assured that though the world hates us, the love of God is constantly being poured into our hearts – Romans 5.5.