They hated me without cause…

It’s important at this point to mention that there is a great struggle present in our world today.  Anyone who answers the call of the Master Craftsman to study under Him as His apprentice will by design reestablish themselves as true image bearers of God for His glory.  Therefore, they will face head on this great struggle in making all things beautiful.

But before we dive into this topic, let’s go back and quickly review the four themes brought up in this post:

  • Revelation – The Master Craftsman’s creation of the world and all that is in it and specifically His forming of us – His image bearers, His Workmanship
  • Rebellion – Our decision to fall into chaos and disorder opposed to God’s authority
  • Redemption – The Master Craftsman uses two powerful metaphors of agriculture and construction to reveal a perfect image bearer in Christ who redeems what He created back into fellowship with God so that it could operate under His authority and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
  • Restoration – His plan revealed to once again make all things beautiful via His will being done and His kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven

When those who confess that Jesus is and always has been the Master Craftsman they stand in opposition to all those who have denied His authority in their lives.  When we repent and believe that the above are the true themes of God’s story, this inevitably pulls back a veil and reveals the true reality in which we are living in.  To the degree that we live out and experience the Lord’s authority at work in our lives, we are opposed by those who still align themselves with the authority currently at work in the world.  Therefore, we are found offensive and ultimately those opposed will want to seek our silence by any means possible.  Even death!

Jesus always brings clarity to true life because He goes before us as a perfect image bearer and calls all to follow Him.  Listen to the words he spoke to His disciples literally hours before He was arrested by the ruling authorities of His day.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

[The words of Jesus to his disciples in John 15:18-25]

He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all, so the path that we must walk is easily visible – all that is left for us to do is walk in His ways and discover the fullness or completeness of our joy as we do.  In one of His clearest statements regarding this cognitive dissonance that we spoke of in an earlier post Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

The enemy will continue to set up strongholds that set themselves up against the knowledge of God.  The enemy will strive to deceive, dilute, diverge and destroy anyone who has submitted once again to the Master Craftsman’s authority, so that His works can’t be displayed beautifully for all to see – or are distorted at best.  It’s important to identify and understand this tension that we find in the world and clarify what implications that has on being an apprentice and learning from the Master Craftsman – for it surely influences are work daily.  We will get more into that in a future post.

His servant for your blessing,
JC

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