I thought today’s grace gems devotional was very timely…especially this section. The Word also states that we will be hated because we are followers of Christ….
"They kept shouting–Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" Luke 23:21
The Word of Truth declares that "the carnal mind is enmity against God" (Romans 8:7). Men do not believe it–in fact most of them pretend the very opposite. Nevertheless, at Calvary–they gave proof of their hatred of God.
Not only was Christ unwelcome here–but men hated Him–and that "without a cause" (John 15:25). He gave them every reason to admire and adore Him–but they had an inveterate detestation of Him!
Multitudes go through the form of paying homage to God–but it is a "god" of their own imagination. They hate the true and living God, and were it possible–they would rid the universe of His existence! This is clear from their treatment of Christ, for He was none other than "God manifest in flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16). They hated and hounded Him to death–and nothing short of His cruel death by crucifixion would appease them!