Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:28-30
It is hard to believe, isn’t it, that someone would intentionally, and without reservation, call Jesus an evil person? The epitome of evil is to call what is holy ~ evil, and what is evil ~ holy.
Yes, I know that some are in the middle. They don’t know what they think quite yet about Jesus. They believe that they have time to make their decision. Others are a bit turned off at the thought of Him because of their experience with the church and church people. But, there are some who hear it all, spend time with some saints, experience the best of a worship service, and go away hating the Son of God. He is simply repulsive to them. With eyes wide open and with their heart engaged, they profane Him. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of grace, is outraged. God’s combustible reaction regarding those who vehemently spurn His Son is a justified and righteous reaction.
I’ve heard it said that when we get to heaven and we behold God’s glory, and we understand fully the offense of defaming the person of Jesus, we will agree with the punishment of eternal condemnation suffered by those who reject Him. (Even if it was the closest of family members and friends.) It’s hard to fathom that as some of us mourn the death of a loved one who didn’t know Jesus but the statement is worth pondering. It does suggest that I have no idea how to comprehend and value the holiness of God and the love He offered through the life of His Son. Hating the Righteous One is simply the worst evil.
If we travel to places hostile to Christianity, we would understand fully what it is to be hated for Jesus’ sake. The demonic energy surrounding those who are incited to violence at the thought of a Christian is high pitched. And yet, I have personally experienced vehement hatred against me because of my faith. When in this person’s presence, I felt despised. The face I looked into reflected a murderous countenance. Perhaps you know this personally. I recall the story a woman who told me what happened the night she got saved. She was married to an atheist and when she walked in the door to her home after giving her life to Christ, her husband took one look at her and screamed, “What in the world have you done?!” He knew from the change in her countenance and the presence of the Holy Spirit who walked in with her that something had shifted. His hatred was immediate.
It is possible for God to save a persecutor. Look at Saul of Tarsus. But for each who perseveres in their hate campaign over the course of a lifetime, condemnation is sure. If you are persecuted for Jesus’ sake today, your reward will be great if you suffer well and pray for your enemy.
The demonic high pitch of hatred is growing around the world. How I grieve for you, Jesus. Deal with Your enemies, for righteousness sake, and save those who would be saved and make them zealots for the kingdom. Amen