Editorial

If I had Not Come and Spoken to Them, They Would Not be Guilty of Sin

John 15:22 - John 16:2 (NIV)

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'[c]

26 "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father-the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father-he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

1 "All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.

In John 14 verse 6 it states that "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

In Romans 3:4 Apostle Paul states: "Let God be true, and every human being a liar."

In the devotional verses for today in John 15:22 Jesus says that "they," referring to the world, are "guilty of sin" and "they have no excuse for their sin." He has come, spoken to them and that is the result.

In the presence of God who is perfect, the imperfection of people is revealed.

In Ecclesiastes 7:20, it states: "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins."

Romans 3:10, quoting various Psalms, Apostle Paul states that "There is no one righteous, not even one, that "there is no one who does good, not even one." In v. 13 it describes people as one with throats that are "open graves" and that "practice deceit," among other denunciations.

So the contrast between the truth of Jesus and a person, any person is clear. When man faces the truth, man sees also his sin.

In today's passage, Jesus also says that "who hates me hates my Father as well" (John 15:23). Because Jesus has already state that no one comes to the father except through Jesus, there is no distinction between hating the Father and hating Jesus.

Jesus goes on in v. 24 to say that those in the world have hated him "without reason" despite the miracles he performed.

Then Jesus shifts his focus to focus on the Holy Spirit that comes from the father and will go to believers to "testify about me."

In v. 27 Jesus says his disciples must testify about him because they have seen the Lord since the start of his ministry. They have walked with him, seen him perform miracles and learned from him.

In 16:2, Jesus states that this has been told to them so they will not stray from the truth. The presence of Jesus in their lives, their word of testimony about him and the sharp contrast between Jesus and sinful man will be the things that keep the disciples from going astray.

Ultimately, in 16:2 because Jesus' disciples stand by the Lord, they will also be persecuted together with the Lord, even perhaps to the point of death. Their persecutors will even believe that they are "offering a service to God."

The passage helps us to reflect on the great difference between Jesus and ourselves. There is an insurmountable distance in the merits of righteousness between us. Only by the grace of God have we been reconciled to Christ by his shed blood on the cross for us. His life, death and resurrection are constant testimony to the love of God. That beautiful truth contrasts sharply with finite falsehoods of man. It's easy to see how hatred could arise from facing the truth. If man does not want to face the truth, if man does not want to see Jesus, it might be because it is painful to see and hear about one's own sin. The tragic result is seeking to do away with Jesus because of unwillingness to repent. It happened in the time of Jesus' earthly ministry and something similar happens in us when we refuse to change our ways when faced with the proper way of living that we find in Jesus Christ. May this passage can help us to repent and embrace the truth in love of Jesus.