John 15.22-23 cont.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them they would have no sin; but now they have no excuse about their sin.
23 The person hating Me also hates My Father.
24 If I had not done among the works that I did, which no other man has done, they would have no sin. However, they have seen the works of power and have hated both Me and My Father.
It is often said that either we love marmite or we hate it. This is used to describe our feelings towards someone or something. The expression tells us that there are no shades of like or dislike with marmite, unlike many other things, which have a wide scope of reactions and feelings.
Elsewhere Jesus tells us that we are either for Him or against Him:
“Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me” – Matthew 12.30 (NLT).
At another time Jesus put it the other way round:
49 Now replying John said: “Master we saw a certain man casting out demons in Your name, and we prevented him from doing so, because he does not follow after us”.
50 But Jesus said to him: “Don’t stop him, for who is not against you, is for you” – Luke 9.49-50.
Either we love Jesus or we hate Him. This is the reaction that we all have towards Jesus. We cannot be neutral, because to be neutral is to be against Jesus, and that is to hate Him.
Someone might object and say that they do not hate Him, but that they are non committal. However, the reality is that there is non-committal’ position. Either we are for Him or against Him. Either we love Him or hate Him.
Where do we stand? Do we love Him, or do we hate Him. He wants us to love Him, because to love Him is to enter into eternal life with Him, enjoying His eternal fellowship.
Jesus went on to say that hating Him means hating the Father also.
This is logical, since Jesus, and the Father are One, along with the Holy Spirit.
The disciples were learning about the uniqueness of the relationship between Jesus and the Father, and what they or anybody else felt about Jesus was the same as they felt about the Father. And so it is for us.