Where In the World Do You Stand?
|John 15 (NKJV™)|
|18||"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.|
|19||"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.|
|20||"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.|
|21||"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.|
|22||"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.|
|23||"He who hates Me hates My Father also.|
|24||"If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.|
|25||"But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Today we consider the flipside to being one of Jesus' friends. Whenever you ally yourself and make friends with anyone, you incur some enemies also. It's no different with being Jesus' friend. Some, who don't like Jesus, won't like us—and we discover there are quite a few who don't! It all goes to show that while we are in the world we are not of the world.
The Upper Room Discourse was Jesus' final message to His closest followers before He went to the cross. After washing their feet and giving them the example of how to love and serve one another, He taught what it really means to be His disciples. Pastor Skip Heitzig teaches how we can learn to face situations similar to those encountered by Jesus' disciples.
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