Truth & Hatred

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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John 18:28-19:16  

Vs. 32  In John 3:14-15And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  In John 12:32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  

Kicked out the money changers and those selling oxen, sheep, and pigeons (chap 2).  

Went into Samaria talked with them and taught them about the Kingdom and worshiping God (Chap 4)  

Claimed that He was the Son of God (5:18) and said “The very works I am doing bear witness about Me that the Father has sent Me” (5:36).

In Chapter 6:37-40 Jesus said All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” …         “No one comes to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up on the Last day

In 7 the chief Priest and Pharisees send officers to arrest Jesus but they did not because of the way He spoke.

They sought to test Him in Chapter 8 by bringing a women caught in Adultery and he again humiliated them with, “Let him who is without sin among you be the 1st to throw a stone at her

He healed a blind man on the Sabbath in chapter 9. In chapter 10 Jesus claimed publicly at the feast of dedication that He and the Father were one. In 11 that He was the resurrection and the life and then he raised Lazarus from the dead.

When speaking to His unbelieving brothers about going to the Feast of booths He said “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil (John 7:7, 18:36-37).

The Pharisees and the Chief Priests wanted Jesus dead. Can you imagine – this upstart from Galilee claims that he made is the Son of God which would mean that His authority was greater than theirs. Inconceivable!  Yet the miraculous deeds that He did demonstrated his superior authority; He had to go!

Jesus was also a threat to their religious system. He went to the temple and condemned the practices upsetting the whole system they had worked out, money changers, and animal sales.

He was a threat to their way of life. Even after raising Lazarus they did not believe! They were concerned for their way of life and worried how the Romans would respond. See chapter 11

And to top it all off he socialized with tax collectors, women of ill repute, and lower class citizens – lepers, the poor, the ill, the crippled and this offended their pride. Above all, it was the lack of respect for their religious traditions that caused them to desire to kill him. This is particularly true of Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath. All of these things contributed to their evil desire to want Jesus dead.

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” – Luke 10:25-28

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him… – 1 John 3:18-19

Hurt > anger > bitterness > Hatred See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled – Hebrews 12:15

“Once a man allows himself to hate he can neither think nor see straight, nor listen without distortion” (Barclay). Hatred colors all other things; it becomes the lens through which we perceive the World. It is a terrible thing and does not hesitate to twist the Truth…

Many who claim to be Christians fuss and fume over petty slights, trivial differences – more concerned with what they want than fulfilling the Great Commandment! Look at the Pharisees and Chief Priests in Vs. 28

See Matthew 23

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. – 1 John 4:19-21

Further ReadingJohn 2:13-22, 3:14, 16-21, 5:6-18, 36, 6:39, 40, 44, 54, 59, 7:7 and 8:23, 8:1-11, 9:1-38, 10:22-30, 11:25-27, Mark 3:4-6, Luke 10:27

Digging Deeper:

  • How are you walking in the Truth?  
  • What causes Hatred?
  • What are we to do for and to our enemies? (see Luke 6:28 & Matthew 5:44)

For more reading on the hatred of the Jews towards Jesus: https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_248.cfm

 

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