Scripture: John 15:18-16:4
Focus verse: “Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘ No servant is greater than his master’. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”John 15:20 (NIV)
“What is the Master saying?”
“He speaks of people being persecuted because he chose us from the world. Why?”
“They hated him without reason? Who would do that?”
The disciples are hearing things they don’t understand. They hear him speak of hatred, persecution, shunning and killing of those who believe in Him. Questions arise in the disciples’ minds. Jesus’ words pierced their hearts, bringing grief to the forefront.
In our 21st Century world, we should look closely at these words and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen us.
Back just before the Super Bowl, I read where an automobile company would have a a commercial about their product. What I read offended me. The message I received from that company was, “We cater to the young. We think older people (read senior citizens) are not the people we want purchasing our cars.” My original thought was: When did older people become personae non grata? As I read this scripture, I understand why businesses do not treat older people with the respect they deserve. They don’t look at the people as who they are but for what those people can give. (Please forgive my rant.)