These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
One thing that starts happening when you start blogging is you get spammed. Which is a weird word. Spam. Anyway, somehow junk comments get directed towards your blog. WordPress (the host I use for this blog) helps catch spam for me. As a general rule I go in and just delete everything labled as spam. This last week though, one comment caught my eye.
It was in no way harsh or attacking. I have no copy of what it said. I don’t know where it came from. It was a comment on the post (click here to read it) about decorating for Easter. I was doing some gushing about how our Savior came and died for us, and rose again. The basic gist of the comment was about how I would be offending people. That I couldn’t make everyone happy, and that to have someone boycott my blog was actually a badge of honor. There was some techincal jargon in there too that I didn’t understand.
Immediately I thought of this:
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15:18 & 19
Sweet friends, the name of Jesus is offensive to the world. It will always get on people’s nerves. People will always avoid you because you claim to be a Christ-follower. You’ll be the awkward one at parties. If you even get invited to parties.
All that sounds depressing. And hard. And lonely. But Jesus offers us a promise which is so solid it makes being the quirky one at work bearable, even a delight. Look again at John 16:33,
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
and John said,
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:4-6
So take heart! Rejoice! If you truly believe what the Bible says, you know that God wins! The world hated Jesus so much that they killed Him. But He didn’t stay dead. Not even death has any power over our Lord. He rose again! And He lives now, seated in power and in glory at the right hand of the Father. Amen? Amen!