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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