The 7 Cities of Revelation
How Jesus was Hated
By Rev. Jack Barr
I hear teachings of how Jesus was Loved, because He Loved everyone. These teachings would have you believe that those crowds which gathered around him was because the people Loved him. That teaching is Not the Truth. They would have you believe that Jesus was so Loving that he never offended anyone, that he never spoke harshly to them, never condemned them. How then did Jesus become so Hated by the people that they killed him??
Jesus was Hated and Despised by most of the people. The Crowds gathered around him, not out of Love, but for what they could get out of him. Jesus gave them wine, gave them food, gave them healing. What is it you keep on reading in the Gospels? Are not the people always coming to him for healing? They constantly say, Lord heal me. Lord keep my child, my servant, from dying, cast out these Demons.
Nowhere does the Gospels speak of the people gathering because they love him. Even to listen to him speak, it was not that they wanted to believe what he was saying, but rather it was because he was speaking of things that they had never heard before, and so it was entertaining, and they could go home and tell their family and friends of this weird person they heard today, who was speaking these wild things. Jesus, Oh yes, that is that weirdo down there preaching in the Temple, or wherever he happened to be that day. That was the entertainment of the day.
We all love to be at a service where people are healed, where the blind see, the deaf hear again, the crippled walk again, it is the best show in town. Lets follow him and see more of his tricks. They all wanted to be healed of whatever it was that they had. We see the same today. One who has an illness, which the doctors are having trouble finding a cure for, we see running after anything which even suggests that it might give them a cure. They will drink anything, take anything, eat anything, go anywhere if there is even a remote chance, or even a suggestion, that they could be healed with it. That is what formed the crowds around Jesus.
If they had to listen to a sermon before they could be healed, then they would listen.
Jesus only had a handful of men who followed Him for what he said, rather than what he did for them. Just as today there are only a handful of men (including women) who follow Jesus for what he said, and for what he is. Even most of those disciples around him walked away from him long before the end, leaving only a few. And even after his death, there were only 120 persons who believed in him, out of all those who ever heard him speak, or even all those who were healed by him never came back to believe in Him.
How much did they Love Jesus?? Let us look at what the Bible does say, and see if this is Love or is Hate?
Jesus knew from the very beginning that they would hate him and try to kill him because of that hate. Jesus spoke of it as he preached the Word of God to them.
Jn 8: 37 I know that ye are Abrahams seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Jn 8: 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Jesus warned everyone who would ever follow him that they too would be hated by the people, just because they followed Jesus.
Jn 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Jn 15: 18 ¶ If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
So let us see just how much they hated Jesus. Not Love, but Hate. They start out with trying to trick him into giving them something which they can use against him. Looking for something they believed they could hurt him with.
Mt 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
Mk.12:13 ¶ And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
Lk 6: 7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Lk 11: 53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
Lk 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
Lk 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
They plotted on how they could kill him, to totally destroy him.
Mt 12: 14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
Mk.3: 6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Mk.11: 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
Mk 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Lk 19: 47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
Lk 22: 2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Lk 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
Jn 5: 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
Jn 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Jn 7:1 ¶ After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
Jn 11: 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
Jn 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
Jn 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
Jn 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
Jn 18: 14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
The teachers today keep telling us how Jesus spoke with such Love that everyone loved him, But if so they why were the people around Jesus Offended by what Jesus said?
Mt 13: 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
It was not just the Priests and Pharisees who tried to kill Jesus, it was also the common man.
Lk 4: 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Lk 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Lk 13: 31 ¶ The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
Jn 7: 43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
Jn 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
Jn 7: 30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Jn 8: 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Jn 10: 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jn 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Jn 10: 39 ¶ Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
And they knew that Jesus spoke against what they were doing, and against what they were teaching, and that made them Mad, Angry.
Mt 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Mk.12: 12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
Lk 20: 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
And they would have beat him up, to stone him and to kill him if they could, but didn't want to have any witnesses when they did it.
Mt 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
Jn 11: 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.
The constantly plotted against Jesus, how is that Love? To me that sounds like Hate. They could not even stand to have Jesus on the same earth with them.
Mt 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
And they finally got their chance, and how did they come after Jesus? Not a few Guards, but A Mob With clubs and swords to beat him into submission, such was their hate for Jesus.
Mt 26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Mk.14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
They had such hate for Jesus that they wanted him dead by any means they could arrange.
Mt 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Mk.14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
Mt 26:66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
And it was not enough that they could finally get him put to death, they hated him so much that everyone in the trial room, estimated to be a hundred or so, 70 on the Sanhedrin, plus the false witnesses, and spectators, went up to beat on Jesus. Besides Smote (Slapping), To Buffet is to hit with the fist. And while this verse does not tell it, by prophecy, they also pulled out handfuls of his hair and beard. That is Hate.
Mt 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
Mk.14: 65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.
Lk 22: 63 ¶ And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.
Lk 22:64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face,
and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
Jn 18: 22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
Every place that they dragged Jesus, they spoke Lies against him. That is Hate.
Mt 27: 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Mk.15: 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
Lk 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
Jn 19: 6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
Jn 19: 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
My Friends, if you follow Jesus Christ, Truly Follow Jesus, then you too will be among the most hated people the world will ever see. That day is again upon us. You will be persecuted to death. You will suffer greatly for the Name of Jesus Christ. Even those who claim to be Christians will turn and gnash upon you with their teeth. For as Jesus said.
Jn 15: 18 ¶ If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
The World hated Jesus, and the World will hate you. The Love which is preached today is the Lie which will send many to the fires of hell, for the Love of Jesus is not the love that is being preached today. The Love of Jesus that is preached today in the Churches will NOT stand up to the Persecution that is already descending upon us all over the world.
Now you see what the Bible says. Will you now take this back to Jesus Christ for confirmation? Or will you reject it as most of you will. Will you still follow Jesus knowing how you are, and will be, hated because of following Jesus, by most of the people of the world.
The True followers of Jesus Christ has Always been hated, and persecuted, down through history, with most of them suffering even to death for Jesus Christ.
With the Love of Jesus
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