Why did and do people hate Christ? I’m going to answer that question and tell you why the people in Jesus’ time wanted him crucified and eventually did it.
Jesus was sent from His Father to die for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; John 1:29). He wasn’t asking for permission to obey God. He did not care what people thought. Instead, He reproved people for their sins and this is why they hated Him (John 7:7; John 15:22).
They chose a man named Barabbas, a murderer, over God’s Only Son. Jesus was 100% innocent (John 1:1-3). If you are still wondering why people hated Him and took the cloak of covering of their sins, here it is: They hated him because He told the Truth! (Matthew 23). That is the bottom line.
If you truly stand for Christ, you are going to be hated. John 15:18 says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
If you are truly dedicated to God, you are going to endure hardship (2 Timothy 3:12), but Christ went through a lot more.
The great Reformer Martin Luther endured hardship and even was faced with his life being taken from him for trusting the Word of God about the righteousness that Christ provides freely to sinners. We he took his famous stand in Wittenberg against the papacy and their heresies, he said, “Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me.”
Matthew 5:10-12 says, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
After His crucifixion, Jesus was resurrected on the third day and told his disciples, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). But remember, God did not promise that it was going to be easy.
Nowhere, can we find in History or in the Bible where God has failed a faithful man or a faithful woman of God. It was and is always man or woman failing God. You can ask any real Christian that, and they will tell you that same thing. God is very faithful to His children. Trust in God and he will not fail you (2 Timothy 2:13).
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