Why Do Some People Hate Jesus?
Scripture Foretold That Some People Would Hate Jesus
The scripture of Isaiah 53:1-3 reads, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground. He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men...."
The accuracy of the prophecies concerning everything about Jesus is truly astonishing. Some people argue that Christ read the Old Testament scriptures that Christians still read today and simply did the things that would make it appear as though he were the Messiah. Those desperate arguments have been debunked for several reasons, including the fact that all of the people who hated Jesus would also have had to read the prophecies about him and cooperate with the "deception." Did the people of those days who hated Jesus agree that they would despise him in order to make "He is despised and rejected of men...." be fulfilled?
The events just before the crucifixion of Jesus as well as the crucifixion
itself are undeniable proof that hatred against Christ was not at all feigned to force validity into an Old Testament prophecy. The people who hate Jesus today, like those of the past, are just as genuine in their hatred for the Savior as evidenced by the hideous persecution taking place against his followers who continue his preaching of the same truth.
The Unveiled Reason Why Some Hate Jesus
So, what exactly did Christ do to cause some people to despise him enough to unleash their fury against him when he walked the earth, and to unleash fury against his servants of today in whom he lives? The Son of God himself provided the answer when he taught his servants, "The world cannot hate you (directly); but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil" (St. John 7:7).
There we have it. Most people who hate Jesus hate him for convicting them of sin, for telling them their works were evil, for preaching truth, for preaching repentance, and for preaching warning if they refused to repent. This is the "reason" why Christ is hated by some people. However, it is not recorded anywhere in the scriptures that anyone ever said something like, "I hate Jesus because he preaches the truth which convicts me of sin and unrighteousness." Instead of being so blunt, the people made up accusations to make it seem as though they had a legitimate reason for their hatred against Christ. However, even this is unmasked in scripture when we read that the Savior revealed, "...they hated me WITHOUT A CAUSE" (St. John 15:25). This simply means that they hated him for no GOOD reason. They had a reason--he preached the truth to them; however, no one's going to admit that they hate Jesus or anyone else for speaking the truth
. Therefore, the hiding of the real reason translates into hatred
without a cause or reason.
Despite the high number of people who hated Christ
during the time he lived on earth
and the high number of people today who hate Jesus, there are literally millions who love him more than their very lives. These servants of God identify with the scripture of 1 John 4:19, which says, "We LOVE him, because he first loved us."
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