They have hated the Father and me (Jn 15:24-15:24)

“If I had not done

Among them

The works

That no one else did,

They would not have sin.

But now they have seen

And hated

Both me

And my Father.”

εἰ τὰ ἔργα μὴ ἐποίησα ἐν αὐτοῖς ἃ οὐδεὶς ἄλλος ἐποίησεν, ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν· νῦν δὲ καὶ ἑωράκασιν καὶ μεμισήκασιν καὶ ἐμὲ καὶ τὸν Πατέρα μου.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if he had not done all these works among them (εἰ τὰ ἔργα μὴ ἐποίησα ἐν αὐτοῖς) that no one else had ever done (ἃ οὐδεὶς ἄλλος ἐποίησεν), they would not be sinners (ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν).  However, now they have seen (νῦν δὲ καὶ ἑωράκασιν) these works and hated (καὶ μεμισήκασιν) both him (καὶ ἐμὲ) and his Father (καὶ τὸν Πατέρα μου).  Jesus once again said that there could be no more excuses.  He had done amazing works that no one else ever did among them.  Despite seeing all this, they hated both he and God, the Father.  This was inexcusable.  Have you run out of excuses for not loving God?

Hate (Jn 15:23-15:23)

“Whoever hates me

Hates my Father also.”

ὁ ἐμὲ μισῶν καὶ τὸν Πατέρα μου μισεῖ.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that whoever hated him (ὁ ἐμὲ μισῶν), also hated his Father (καὶ τὸν Πατέρα μου μισεῖ), God.  In simple and clear terms, Jesus said that anyone who hated him, hated God, the Father also.  He had made clear that they were one in their divinity.  Do you hate God?

No excuse for sin (Jn 15:22-15:22)

“If I had not come

And spoken

To them,

They would not have sin.

But now,

They have no excuse

For their sin.”

εἰ μὴ ἦλθον καὶ ἐλάλησα αὐτοῖς, ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν· νῦν δὲ πρόφασιν οὐκ ἔχουσιν περὶ τῆς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if he had not come (εἰ μὴ ἦλθον) and spoken to them (καὶ ἐλάλησα αὐτοῖς), they would not have sin (ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν).  But now (νῦν δὲ), they have no excuse (πρόφασιν οὐκ ἔχουσιν) for their sin (περὶ τῆς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν).  No longer would ignorance be an excuse.  Jesus had come and spoken to them, so if they did not accept him, they were sinners.  They had rejected Jesus, which was different that not knowing anything about him.  They were fully culpable for their sinful negative actions towards Jesus.  Do you make up excuses about why you sin?

They do not know who sent me (Jn 15:21-15:21)

“But they will do

All these things

To you

On account

Of my name.

Because they do not know

Him who sent me.”

ἀλλὰ ταῦτα πάντα ποιήσουσιν εἰς ὑμᾶς διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου, ὅτι οὐκ οἴδασιν τὸν πέμψαντά με.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that the world would do all these things to them (ἀλλὰ ταῦτα πάντα ποιήσουσιν εἰς ὑμᾶς) on account of his name (διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου), Jesus, because they did not know (ὅτι οὐκ οἴδασιν) the one who had sent Jesus (τὸν πέμψαντά με).  The world of the non-believing Jews and the gentiles would do all these things to his followers because they did not know the one who had sent Jesus, God, the Father.  Do you know God, the Father?

The servant is not greater than the master (Jn 15:20-15:20)

“Remember

The word

That I said to you!

‘Servants

Are not greater

Than their master.’

If they persecuted me,

They will persecute you.

If they kept

My word,

They will keep

Yours also”

μνημονεύετε τοῦ λόγου οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν Οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ· εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν, καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν· εἰ τὸν λόγον μου ἐτήρησαν, καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that they should remember (μνημονεύετε) the words (τοῦ λόγου) that he had said to them (οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν) about servants who were not greater (Οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων) than their master (τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ).  If they persecuted Jesus (εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν), they would persecute them (καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν).  If they kept or guarded (ἐτήρησαν) the word of Jesus (εἰ τὸν λόγον μου), they would also keep or guard their words (καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν) too.  Jesus asked them to remember what he had told them about servants not being greater than their master.  If they had persecuted Jesus, they surely would persecute them.  On the other hand, if they had listened to Jesus, they would listen and keep their words also.  If they had not listened to Jesus, they would not listen to them, but the reverse was also true.  The young Christian community would suffer many of the things that had happened to Jesus.  Are you willing to be persecuted for following Jesus?

The world hates you (Jn 15:19-15:19)

“If you belonged

To the world,

The world

Would love you

As its own.

Because you do not

Belong

To the world,

Therefore,

The world

Hates you.

Because I have chosen you

Out of the world.”

εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε, ὁ κόσμος ἂν τὸ ἴδιον ἐφίλει· ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ, ἀλλ’ ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου, διὰ τοῦτο μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if they belonged to the world (εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε), the world (ὁ κόσμος) would love (ἐφίλει) them as its own (ἂν τὸ ἴδιον).  Because they do not belong to the world (ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ), therefore (διὰ τοῦτο) the world (ὁ κόσμος) hates them (μισεῖ ὑμᾶς) because Jesus has chosen them (ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς) out of the world (ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου).  Just as the world hated Jesus, they would also hate his disciples.  If they were part of the world of non-believing Jews and gentiles, this world would love them.  However, because they are not part of this world, this world hates them precisely because Jesus had chosen them out of this world to be his followers.  Do you feel hated by anybody?

The world hates me (Jn 15:18-15:18)

“If the world

Hates you,

Be aware!

It has hated me

Before

It hated you.”

Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if the world (Εἰ ὁ κόσμος) hated them (ὑμᾶς μισεῖ), they were to be aware or know (γινώσκετε) that the world had hated (μεμίσηκεν) Jesus (ὅτι ἐμὲ) also, before (πρῶτον) it hated them (ὑμῶν).  Jesus warned his followers that they would run into a lot of hatred.  The world, either the gentiles or non-believing Jews, would hate them, just as they had hated Jesus before them.  Jesus was offering consolation to his followers if they ran into trouble.  Just as Jesus had faced hostility, they, too, as his followers, would run into this worldly hostility.  Has anyone hated you for being a Christian?