These emphatic words of our Lord are offensive to a generation that says truth is relative. Relative to what? Objective truth does not cease to exist simply because people reject it or deny it.
If Jesus Christ is the truth (and He is) then those who follow Him and proclaim His name can expect to be hated, particularly in the new anti-Christian culture of death of North America. Expect it. Remember the Apostle John's words:
"Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death." (1John 3.13-14.)
The love to which the Apostle referred is the love of Jesus Christ that abides in God's children through faith in God's Son. Earlier in the chapter John wrote:
"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure."
John tells us a truth about Jesus: "You know that he was revealed
to take away sins, and in him there is no sin." (Verse 5-6)
This is what is so offensive to our anti-Christian age. They think if the truth of Jesus Christ is denied, then sin can be denied. Christians who remind the culture that there is such a thing as Objective truth and that Truth is found in Jesus Christ will be hated.
Jesus himself told us to expect the world to hate us: "If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you." (John 15.18.).
Dear brother and sister in Christ: Do not despair or give in to the world. Christ's love for you is stronger that the world's hatred for you. Remember that our glorious home is elsewhere with Christ.
[Click on the image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjR_A2pGPrY for "In Christ Alone" by Travis Cottrel.]