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.
In the Bible we find that those who followed the Lord were very rarely the people the world loved. Jesus explained this in the reading for today. The world hated Jesus and it was going to hate the apostles too.
The world should have loved Jesus. After all he came to open the gates of heaven to them. It was by him that salvation was offered to men. It was through him we could find not only forgiveness of sin but acceptance with the Father. He came to secure to us all the eternal blessings of heaven.
Instead of loving Jesus, though, the world hated him. Why did it hate him? The world hated Jesus because he pointed out their sins. Jesus, by his life and by his message, made known to all men everywhere that they were sinners.
He also pointed out that they were incapable of doing anything to help themselves. His message was clear. You are helpless. You must rely on me and me alone for salvation.
Of course this message stirred up the pride of the people. No one likes to have their faults exposed nor do they like to be told how weak they truly are. Jesus did both of these things.
His disciples were commanded to carry on that very work. The disciples did carry on that work. Therefore they were hated and persecuted. They suffered loss. They died.
This did not just happen in Bible days though. Those who have continued to carry this message have been persecuted and hated in one way or another down through the ages.
f this is what happened to those who were faithful to the Lord we ought to ask ourselves a question. How well does the world love us? If it loves us too much maybe it is because we are not doing what Jesus did.