Jun 07, 2016 03:46 AM EDT
John 16:1 "All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.
16:2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.
16:3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.
16:4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
16:5 "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
16:6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.
Here, the Lord notices that the era of persecution will come to his disciples. It is like a kind of fate to be hated and persecuted for the ones who lives following the life of Jesus, revealing the truth in this false world. Jesus saw that and exhorted His disciples not to fall, even when he faced the shadow of His death.
Jewish community has a very strong bond. 'To put out of the synagogue', it means being ignored by society, friends, even his family. It is being cut from every relationship. This pain must be unspeakable.
The disciples were also put out of the synagogue, being treated as the leper. While the Lord came closely to the lepers and embraced them through His love, the people separated Jesus from the world through putting Him on the Cross.
Where this persecution came from? This is that they thought they were serving God. We can easily face the persecution from the secular, evil world. But more distressing thing is the brother of faith persecutes and kills in the name of God. The ones who are in the community of Christ would be careful in this aspect not to commit the same thing.
When we suffer or receive persecution from any place or the ones we love, we should remember the word of the Lord, " they have not known the Father or me". Also, we should be careful not to persecute or judge our brothers recklessly. It can happen when we do not know the Lord well. Whenever the persecutions and tribulations come into our lives, let us remember the Passion and the Cross of Jesus to overcome the circumstances.
As the Lord talked about persecution and death, His disciples came to be full of despair and worries. Being a Christian doesn't mean that every struggle disappears and only good things remains in his or her life. However, Jesus went His path with unshaken confidence until the end because it was the way to go up to His Father.
Are we afraid of dealing with any hardship in us? Let us gain a victory holding on the voice of love from the Lord.