“He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.”
How did they hate Jesus?
Jesus is offensive to the World. He says that He is the only way to God. He tells us that our good works are not able to make us right with God. Adam and Eve’s sin was one of choosing their own way, and seeking to be like God on their own. Jesus did not fit the Pharisees’ idea of what God looked like, so they rejected and then killed Him.
Why does hating Jesus mean hating the Father?
Those who hated Jesus thought that they loved God. They thought they were doing the right thing in hating the one who claimed to be God’s son. It turned out that they were more interested in their own idea of what God was like, than in how God actually revealed Himself. Jesus is called “The Word”. In the beginning, all of creation was made by Him and through Him. He is the Father’s chosen method of interaction with fallen mankind. Rejecting Him is the same as rejecting God.
What are the works Jesus did?
Jesus did not just tell the truth about God. His testimony was backed up by works that no one else was able to do. He cast out demons proving His power over the spiritual realm. He calmed the storm to show His authority over nature. He proved His ability to provide by multiplying food. His healings showed that He is Lord over our physical bodies. He raised people from the dead to show He is the conqueror of death’s hold over men. He provided more than enough signs to prove Himself, but the World is spiritually blind to Him, choosing ignorance.
To Be Continued Tomorrow…