Haters gonna hate
“And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Mark 13:13
Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday, which makes today the “day after”. It’s the day after we celebrated Jesus coming back from death. Whoa! Can you imagine for a moment how his followers must have been feeling the day after? They were probably still pinching & slapping themselves — maybe even facedown crying out to God with thanksgiving. The days after must have been amazing and had them wondering with anticipation, “Well, what now?”
Mark 13:13 were words spoken before Jesus died, but ones that answer the questions, “What now? How do we go on from here after Resurrection?”
First of all, He tells us that some things will not change. People will hate you for following Him. Haters gonna hate! They will persecute you with mean words, resentment, bitterness, jealousy, animosity, rejection, and possible physical violence.
Jesus endured more hate than we can imagine. He was called names, rejected, betrayed, spit on, stripped down, kicked, stoned, flogged, had a crown of thorns jammed on his head, spikes through his hands & feet, and a spear stabbed into his stomach.
Hebrews 12:2-3 encourages us, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Endure: to come to knowledge of something by living it
He said we will be saved as we endure. Every day his followers must maintain, pass through, suffer, undergo, witness, accept, whatever comes our way because of our belief in Him.
Sisters, we’re not only saved from death but saved to eternal life! Our longest and hardest day is nothing compared to forever with Him. What a day of rejoicing it will be to see Jesus face to face!
If you are not sure of your eternity, I challenge and encourage you to pray right now and make that first step of believing in Him and confessing Jesus is Lord. Your next step is to find a church who teaches the Bible and ask a leader to help you learn more about repenting from sin, being baptized, and remaining faithful through serving and growing in wisdom. It’s a decision you’ll never regret.
Father, thank you for your sacrifice on the Cross. I’m humbled and sad to think of the punishment & hate you endured for my sake. Help me endure each day as I follow you. I love you.
- Erin Ramsey