21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.
Jesus was uttering these words as a way to encourage his disciples since Jesus knew that he’ll leave them soon, and that they will encounter persecution as verse 20 mentions. He was reminding his disciples that when persecution befalls on them, it’s not because of them, but because people are wicked and don’t know Jesus. By making such a comment Jesus is saying to the disciples they shouldn’t take it personally or even hold it against them (the disciples need to forgive those who persecute them, the same way Jesus forgave them while they were still sinners) and to rejoice in the fact that they get to suffer for His sake.
It is true that persecution comes in different forms ranging from physical persecution to isolation at the work place because you are a Christian. But through this passage, Jesus is encouraging us, by saying; in the same way that we will share in his persecution, in the same way we will also share one day in His glory (Con – Discipleship Director).
Thoughts for the day
- Where do you find your strength from when you face trials or persecution because of your faith?
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Read the Bible verse above a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.