Why the World Hates ChristBro. David Chancellor
9/12/2010 11:00 AM
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king up on my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
This psalm talks about Jesus. "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?" Why is this? Why are people so opposed to Christianity? Christ is the Son of God and unique above all others. He is the only one sent by God to reconcile us to God. He came and did good things and was a prophet, but he is not equivalent to anyone else.
"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Rebellious humanity doesn’t want Christ to rule over them. Mankind hates Jesus because it requires something of them. Salvation is freely offered to all mankind, but it still costs us something. It is worth it to be able to say that Jesus is your friend. There will be plenty of others who will reject you, too. When you reject Jesus, you face the wrath of God. There is no other way to be reconciled. Jesus is not equivalent to other things.
Christians don’t worship the same God as anyone else. The Muslim and the Jew worship a different God. The Jew who hates Jesus hates God… and may hate you. The world rages because they have rejected the one that God sent.
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." God said this to Jesus. By adoption, we can be sons of God, too. Jesus came to introduce us to God as our Father. "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." Accept the Son. There is no equivalent in this world. Without Jesus, mankind is without help and without hope. We must put our faith in Jesus.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
Jesus said they hated him. They hated him because he took away the covering for their sin. There’s no excuse for people to go on in sin. Faith in Jesus can remove sin and the Holy Spirit within provides the means to turn your back on it. Because you’re a friend of Jesus, you’re not a friend of the world. Keep the best friend at the expense of all the rest. We aren’t friendless even if the world hates us. Jesus went through it all before us. God’s grace was sufficient for him and will be for us, too.
1 John 3:11-13
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
We are to go out with the message and practice loving others. Just because you love people doesn’t mean they’ll love you back. "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous." This is why the first murder happened. It is why they put Jesus to death. Cain didn’t bring an offering God’s way, and so God didn’t approve. Man still wants to come to God his own way. Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. We all need a Savior. We can’t go to God by anyone else. We have to go by Christ. Jesus is far beyond all others.
Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Jesus had committed no crimes. They accused him of blasphemy, but he had spoken the truth. They were envious because he was accepted with God and they weren’t. They were envious of his influence on people.
There is no excuse for sin. No one else could do what Jesus did. To accept any other is folly. There is nothing or no one that can compare to Christ. He must be our dearest and closest friend. We must choose him above all others and walk as he walked down here.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men, so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven
Jesus addressed how we are to walk with God. "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Our lives must be above some things. "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men, so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." If you aren’t doing what God wants, it isn’t acceptable. God has some minimum requirements. Jesus addresses how people go about their lives.
Then spake Jesus to the multitude and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes, and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
This describes the righteousness of the Pharisees – they say and do not. It is our lives that matter. We must uphold Christ. This exceeding righteousness does as well as says. We must be faithful to what Christ shows us. Do always what God says. Be always doing what pleases God. No matter where, or with who, be pleasing to God. Seek to know what God would have and be faithful to it. We don’t want a "holier-than-thou" attitude, but we do want to have a testimony that shows what God can do. Live to please God. Our lives should be like Jesus if we’re Christians.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
We can ask things of God and expect to receive them. What good thing should we ask? To be like Jesus, to have our sins washed away and to live like Christ. "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Do what Jesus would do. Be a living example of Christ. Our lives should be how we lift up Christ. We can have the assurance, because God gave it to us, that God is pleased with us. Settle it within yourself to go with God, whatever it takes. Choose God above all others. Let God know you mean business about walking with him.