“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”
The recent passing of a universally acclaimed evangelical brings to light a harsh reality and that is the evidence that the world loves the one who belongs to it.
May Billy Graham rest in peace because according to Jesus’ own words, as His followers, we only have the expectation of being scorned by many, not praised by the world.
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”
Something to think about.