Thursday, 28 January 2021
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.
So what is your relationship with the world like? Are you on good terms with the world, "Hail fellow, well met!", enjoying the company and favour of everyone? If so, then you need to be very careful and aware (a) what you are doing and (b) the price you may be paying. We don't want to get into a persecution spiral - everyone hates me, so I'll withdraw and become a little more strange, so everyone hates me more, etc. - but let's assess what Jesus is saying.
The 'you' in this verse refers to Jesus' brothers, we assume phsyical flesh-and-blood family brothers, who the text has just told us don't believe in Him. Therefore, Jesus says, the world does not - indeed, cannot - hate them. Why? Because they are part of the world and (at least in this case) are vaguely baiting Jesus. They are in good standing with the world, so while the enemy may use them to get at Jesus, no animosity is directed against them. They are not pointing out the evils and problems with the world. Jesus, on the other hand, is giving solomn testimony - to all who listen to Him - that the world is evil and that its deeds are evil. So He gets hated.
If, as believers and followers of Jesus, we take up cudgels against the world and point out its many sins, faults, lies and problems, we too will find ourselves on the receiving end of hatred.