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John 15:18

Intro: I am reading a chronological Bible this year…. NT!
• Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple to sacrifice.
• Simeon is waiting on the Messiah… Holy Spirit
He recognized Jesus!
• praised God for His Light of Salvation… Messiah!
• AND, Predicted Trouble!!
--- Rise and Fall… A focus of Opposition….
If He is going to Rule; things will have to change!

John 15: 18 – 16:4 The World Hates Disciples.

“World” = The created moral order in active rebellion against God.
Persons, powers and principalities at war with the King.
The powers that be in the World set in opposition.
People and Angels and the systems they construct.

We do not live in a neutral environment.
The World Hates Disciples.

WHY?
a) We are Different, set apart.
Vs. 19 – No pride on our part… Set apart…

b) We expose the World.
--- Darkness; Path of Destruction; False and Foolish.

ILL – Storytelling Convention… handiwork criticized.
Yelled at him and asked him to leave.
Of course, he was right. You don’t yell at people for being wrong.

c) The World Is in Rebellion against our Lord.
Vs. 21, 23, 25 – Do not Know and Hate Me and Father.

No patience for members of their army who have turned to embrace and serve the rightful King!
The World Hates Disciples.
Caution --- Don’t use this reality as an excuse for being obnoxious.
Overbearing; rude, self-righteous… blame on Jesus.
If possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace
with all men. Romans 12:18
Assumed == Not always possible… Opposition.

The World Hates Disciples.

T/S – Why is this an important Truth? Why does Jesus say this?
John 16:1 – To keep us from Stumbling


Don’t Fear Failure when the World Rejects you.
Exp – Jesus was preparing the Disciples for Rejection and Opposition.
If you are My disciple, expect similar treatment.

Rejection is not Failure. A Crowd is not Success.
We are pursuing Faithfulness, not success.

Ill – John died rejected and alone on Patmos; They eventually ran
Paul out of every town he entered; These eleven executed.

App – Beware of exalting “success” “accepted” “loved”…
Woe to you when all men speak well of you…

Don’t Compromise to Gain Acceptance.
Exp – If the World accepts you, you have lost the Battle.
In seeking “acceptance” we trade Hatred for Apathy
and Contempt.
1. We compromise through Sameness (19)
2. We compromise through Silence (26-27)

ILL – A half-Christianized world and a half-secularized church get on well together. Alexander MacClaren

App – The world will embrace a “Christianity” compromised --- Authority of Bible (Rebellion)
Centrality of the Cross (Pride)
Don’t Forget that Jesus Is Lord.
Exp – Vs. 16:4a – Jesus is Declaring His Authority
• I have told you === this is no surprise!
• “Their Hour” == All under the Control of the King!

a) Some will accept You as they accept Me
Vs. 20 – If they persecute Me (and many do)…
If they kept My word (and some have)…

b) One day, all powers will submit to My Rightful Rule!

ILL – John, this John, saw a vision of heaven and future…
• A way in heaven… angels and the dragon, serpent of old, the devil, satan who deceives the World..
• The great dragon was cast down… defeated…
• And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony and they did not love their life even when faced with death!

App – No matter how hot the hatred; how ugly the rejected; how violent the persecution… Remember: Jesus is Lord.


And tho this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thro us.


The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
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