15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17These things I command you, that ye love one another. 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
When I was in the fifth grade I accepted Christ as my savior. After I had done that and was a newborn Christian things immediately became tumultuous for me as a preteen. What caused this? Well I was proud to be a Christian and wanted to share my faith as I have been commanded to. So I began to pass out tracts in school. I was teased and bullied for my faith so much that I was weak and gave up. There I was a short, stout and nerdy preteen who fit the stereotype all the way including the glasses. Though,as I grew older and was in high school I was the Vice President of the BASIC club and actually if you got down to it at one point I preached to a large group of students. What was the change? Well part of it was I spent a year at a christian school then went back to a rural public high school where it was God’s Country. Plus I had a few friends who were very strong in their faith and as “iron sharpens iron” (Prov 27:17). Though the biggest influence was knowing that whatever I am going through Christ had gone through it as well. This was a huge reassurance for me as a young Christian.
That is what I want to talk about today is those themes of reassurance that I felt and that I would like to share with y’all today what God has laid upon my heart. I want to share with you three points about the reassurances here that Christ is providing to the Disciples in this passage in John 15.
- The reassurance of what is to come
If you look at John 18 This is where they are about to see Jesus arrested and crucified (John 18:1–3; 19:18). Afterwards, they will experience the tremendous opposition that plagued the early church (Acts 8:1–3). Bible-believing Christians throughout history have been brutally persecuted. At several points in this discourse, Jesus indicated that He was telling the disciples something in order to prepare them for the future (John 13:9; 14:25, 29). Knowing what is about to happen, and that Christ already expected it, is meant to make those trials easier to endure (1 Peter 4:12–13).
Shortly, Jesus will remind the disciples that servants cannot consider themselves “above” the experiences of their master (John 15:20). He first mentioned this when commanding His followers to emulate His example of humble servanthood (John 13:14–16). In this case, Jesus provides a warning: if Christ suffered at the hands of unbelievers, then Christians can’t expect to be immune from suffering.
That’s not to say all struggles experienced by Christians are due to faith. Someone unkind, unfair, or immoral can expect to suffer normal consequences (1 Peter 4:14–15). Nor does it mean only those who experience harsh persecution are real believers—some cultures honor God more than others. But when a person faithfully follows Christ, and non-believers lash out in anger or hatred, that’s not the fault of the Christian.
- The reassurance of our duty as Christians
As we have seen in the past few months the world really hates us. Why do they hate us? Well they hate us because honestly they are the spawn of Satan.
We have let the liberals, the ivory tower elitists, the subversive 1% of the population who control the news and media into our Churches in the name of multiculturalism and introduced such hell born topics such as critical race theory, intersectionality and unbiblical doctrines for the sake of equality.
We have let minorities of all kinds push us around because we dare to tell the truth and use such racist tools like facts and statistics and the use of such outlandish purely white supremactist subjects like science and history.
We have been called everything in the book and we have simply cowered down and bow to this petulant childish liberal temper tantrum for over 50 years because we wanted the world to like us.
It is time to square our shoulders back and raise our swords and fight. The Bible is my weapon and the Holy Spirit is my shield. We need more Church members to be workers in the field. We need to step into the water and wade out a little deeper. We need to take back our Church. We must turn the tables of the money changers, TV charlatans who profess unbiblical teachings all in the name of the almighty dollar.
When the Temple needed cleansing what did Christ do? He got that whip out and cleaned His house up. We need to follow the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and clean house!
Western Civilization is dying on America’s watch, and we as Christians have abandoned our post as the watchman on the wall. We have let the enemy through the gate. Dereliction of duty has been laid at our feet! Will we stand up for our faith, our culture and our country ?
Psalms 51:10 tells us Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Three verses earlier David says Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. We need a revival like no other to purge the Sin out of our churches. Bring back the wildfire of a revival and bring back the Great Awakening. Bring back a profound sense of conviction and redemption. Jonathan Edwards in his sermon “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” said
But the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes, and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom; they trust to nothing but a shadow.
They are afraid of the Truth. We as Christians should be holding up a mirror to them to show them their wicked ways. The honest truth is that these people who are lashing out at our Christian heritage and faith is because they are afraid. Why? Well they are sinners for one. They understand that though they profess atheism and paganism there is that chance that Pascal’s Wager is true and that there is life after this one on Earth. The life that they are currently living is not fulfilling enough so they have to turn to the latest fad or new age wiccan pile of manure. They know and see that we have life and that we have it more abundantly. We have to remember that we are the only Bible that some people read. Our life and testimony just heaps coals of fire upon their heads. Now what they are really afraid of is that we will be victorious. Even if they don’t believe what the Bible says they know that all so called religions and superstitious bovine natural fertilizer have their own version of the end times. So here’s the thing, we have read the back of the book and know beyond all shadows of a doubt that we will win
If you would give me a moment here. I am going to give you a sub point a 2.5 if you will.
Jesus was not a Social Justice Warrior. Let me just send that liberal lie back to the demonic hell it came from.
Yes, his talking to a Samaritan woman, who was likely a prostitute, by himself – was a pretty radical action, socially, that’s one of many that I could say.
Speaking the Gospel is not social justice. I think people don’t understand what being a “social justice warrior” means. Speaking the Gospel is not “social justice” Acting like BLM and demanding the world bend the knee is being a “social justice warrior”
I will never say Jesus didn’t care about justice. The problem comes in when we as Christians use the world’s standards and terminology. The world does understand true biblical justice. Their justice is perverted and unjust. That’s why I reject using the term “social justice.” The meaning is antithetical to Christianity.
I know that liberals will point to Luke 4:18 in which Jesus has just started His public ministry. I will start at verse 16.
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
In the original Hebrew poor in this context means “in spirit” not as some claim poor in monetary value. To release the captives, recover the sight of the blind and to set free those who are oppressed are the captives of Sin, Satan, and The Law. He is here to set the captives free of the penalty of sin, to open their eyes to the spiritual blindness and to send them on the road to life everlasting. Not like what those on the Liberal side of Christanity would tell you. They seek to twist the words of Christ to fit their secular ideology
There’s a problem with that type of thinking. You either let the Gospel change your thinking or you let the world. The two do not mix. You can’t change an ideology that is opposed to Christianity. You only can fight it. You wouldn’t do this with LGBT or pro-choice. These groups have ideologies behind them. So no you cannot co-OP a worldly organization. Unless you want the Gospel to be thrown away. When people don’t read and study the Scriptures for themselves, they become easy preys for the enemy to snatch them into false doctrine. Yes, so important to read for ourselves!
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
The moral, spiritual and religious decay of the past 60 years is because we as Christians have let it happen. As Daniel 11:32 tells us. And such as do wickedly against the covenant in this case the disloyal Jews who have become intolerant of the True Religion shall he corrupt by flatteries or make profane, as the word choice in Jer 23:11, these people have become as the heathen and God has let them go from bad to worse. but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
So my friends, I want to tell you that these exploits lead me to my third point.
- The reassurance of our victory
All throughout the Bible and especially in the Old Testament we have verses of promises. Most of those promises have been fulfilled by the Gospel in the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My favorite is in Deuteronomy 31:6 ,I am using the NASB,
Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.
We have got to rise up because we have been living like we are an oppressed fringe minority cowering in the corner waiting for our daily ration of crumbs from the world.
Let me tell you right now that you as Christians are a child of the King so start acting like it.
You as Christians are an ambassador of the King so start acting like it.
You as Christians are warriors for the cause of the King so start acting like it.
When you are living in bondage and scared of the World you rise up.
Tell your Brother in Christ that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your Sister in Christ that she’s gotta rise up
When is his Church gonna Rise up?
We have protection from Satan’s arrows when we put on the Whole Armor of God.
Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the Earth unharmed, cloaked only in the protection of the words civis Romanus — I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens. We have that same protection as Children of the Heavenly Father. Here is the warning to the rest of the world that Christians shall walk this Earth unharmed, lest the clenched fist of the most Almighty comes crashing down on your house !
We have power as Christians to change the world.
God loves you way beyond your human comprehension. If you really can get that deep in your spirit, you’ll drop all that guilt and shame that is preventing Him from working in your life! Allow Him to work in you and through you.
Our Father is the God of power, protection, and mercy. When you are surrounded and overwhelmed, He will fight for you! Don’t let what was once a Miracle in your life become Ordinary. Cultivate a lifestyle of appreciation, of remembering what God has done and how blessed you are Have Faith and enjoy your relationship with God
Remember that this war that Satan has brought to this land. What Psalms 127:1 says
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
The battle belongs to the Lord. We will have victory because we have the Lord on our side.