They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them.
But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.
If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty.
But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father.
This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’ (John 15:22-25)
Read: Matthew 17:14 – 18:35, Mark 9:14-50, Luke 9:37-50
Relate: A false prophet once said, “God will gather the believers on the Day of Resurrection in the same way (as they are gathered in this life), and they will say, ‘Let us ask someone to intercede for us with our Lord that He may relieve us from this place of ours.’ ” He claimed that at first these believers went to Abraham who said he was unworthy to intercede for them and sent them on to Moses. Moses also claimed to be unworthy and sent them on to Jesus. This false prophet then says, “They will go to Jesus who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking, but you’d better go to Muhammad whose sins of the past and the future had been forgiven by God.”
There are few things that Jesus is unfit to do, and intercede for us is certainly not one of them. Jesus is the One and Only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5) and He is ever alive and making intercession for us. (Hebrews 7:25) For anyone else to claim to be more worthy than Jesus in this regard is nothing but blasphemy. In taking such prerogative on himself, it is too kind to simply call Muhammad a false prophet. He is really setting himself up as a false God.
React: It is a dangerous thing to claim to know Jesus, and yet not love and worship Him for who He truly is. It is to such people that Jesus is referring in John 15. There are those who will claim to love God, yet in reality that is not possible if you do not love Jesus. It is a part of the mystery of the Trinity that, although different, they are one and the same.
But before looking at others and saying they do not love Jesus, it is good to step back and look closely in the mirror. Jesus just finished saying, those who love me will obey me. (John 15:5,8,10) Are we demonstrating the love He has commanded us to show? Are we actively living and working to fulfill the Great Commission He has commanded of us. Are we really following Him if we aren’t going out into our world? Are you? Am I?
Jesus, You are all. You are my everything. I recognize that there is no other way to God except through You. Help me always to remain in You. Help me to live and breathe and move and work every minute of every day in complete surrender to You. I recognize that the only way to truly be a slave of God is to be Your servant. Help me live my life in submission to You.