Why People Hate Jesus

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil." — John 7:6-7

For those of us who have been Christians for a while, we sometimes forget why people hated Jesus. We forget because we have redeemed minds that become enamored with his goodness that it's all we see.

But to know his goodness, we have to believe both the good news and the bad news. The bad news is this — we were sinners, separated from God, whose hearts sought nothing but evil and deserved eternal punishment. And this is why so many hated Jesus. They hated him because his perfect righteousness pointed out all their imperfections and unrighteousness. He made people very uncomfortable. He made everybody uncomfortable — his brothers, disciples, religious leaders, and politicians.

But if you think about it logically, that is exactly what the perfect man embodying perfect righteousness should do. By his nature, Jesus was required to point out sin, deception, and evil. And some hated him for it. And this is going to escalate to the point of planning his execution.

This means if you follow Jesus, then you have to believe two things. You were bad. He is good. And this is something that you must both believe and testify about daily. That you were bad, but Jesus, the world's only righteous man, made you right with God and extended to you his righteousness. Tell someone that today. Your life is bad news made good.

ASK THIS: What's the bad news that Jesus saved you from?

DO THIS: Tell someone about this good news.

PRAY THIS: God, allow me to tell someone my good news today.

PLAY THIS: Good News.

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8 thoughts on “Why People Hate Jesus

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I was a daily repetitive sinner, mostly lust after women that are not and would never be my wife. Through a few key people and churches in my life and reconnecting to the vine, I have grown and now love to serve Him in any way I can, as often as I can, with everything I have. Thank You God for pursuing me and for saving me through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus on the cross as the ETERNAL Passover lamb, on the doorposts of our lives, preventing us from eternal death. Amen.

  2. Jay Patterson says:

    I am retired military, and during my time in the military, I lived a life of partying, loose morals, etc., that I have been fighting my entire life. Jesus is with us always. J

  3. Ron Moore says:

    My first love was motorcycles. I earned my road name: “Dirtbag” (“Dirt” for my friends)
    But seeing so much of life that was being groomed by evil, I needed to find something real.That led me to God through Jesus, Now I know I am good soil, bearing fruit. We were formed from dust, but His resurrection life and Spirit of Love is the very essence of our new Spirit man. I still love bikes and the road, but I have much greater loves now, and they are eternal. All the Glory and thanks go to God. Thanks Vince for watering the Seeds of Life.

  4. Sheldon says:

    My helplessness, no direction, no future, but he came in and gave me a hope, a reason to live and to him all the glory and honor.

    • Jim says:

      Amen Sheldon! – I join you in praise and worship before Him who has given us everything!

  5. Gary says:

    Look in the mirror today and tell yourself, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” and carry that image with you every day.

    Have a blessed day! 💖

  6. rick says:

    just wondering why I stopped getting daily emails…have to go to blogs to read devo?

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