John 15:18: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
Militant Sunni Muslims, under the name of ISIS, have taken over much of Iraq. One city in particular, Mosul, is totally dominated by this terrorist group. Christian believers in the city were given an option: Either renounce Christ and convert to Islam, or face heavy taxation or execution. Thousands have left their homes, businesses and churches and fled for their lives. They are hated because they are followers of Christ. Most, if not all, of the church buildings have been destroyed in Mosul.
Jesus said that the world hates Him and that the world would hate his followers. Creation does not hate Jesus; creation worships Jesus and is subject to Him. The millions of Christian believers in the world do not hate Jesus, they love and serve Him. When Jesus spoke of “the world”, He was referring to unregenerate, sin-sick humanity, men and women who are alienated from God and serve their father, the devil.
In the same way that these God-haters hate Him, they will hate all those who live for Jesus Christ.
But fear not, brothers and sisters. Jesus has already promised victory to those who love Him and are hated by the Enemy and his family. “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,”Jesus said. The apostle John put it best when he proclaimed: “And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith.” Keep on loving the One whom the world hates.