“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me rst. If you were one of them, theywould naturally love you, but you’re not. I’ve hand-picked you for a life outside this world andbecause of that fact, the world hates you. Remember how I told you that an apprentice isn’tgreater than his boss? Well, if they mistreated me, they’re going to mistreat you too. If theyhad ever paid attention to my teachings, they would pay attention to yours too. But they won’tand it’s all because of me, because they have no idea who I really am—who I represent.
“I could have stayed away and they wouldn’t have known any better. But now that I’ve beenhere, there’s no excuse for their ignorance. Now that I’ve done things in their presence thatwere clearly supernatural, they are without an excuse for their disbelief, and so they hateme. Hate me, hate my father; and they have. But this is exactly what is supposed to happen; itfullls the prophecy in their ancient texts that says, ‘They had no reason to hate me.’
“When the Spirit of truth comes, the one I’m going to send to you when I reach the Father(because the Spirit of truth has to come from the Father), he’ll continue to convince othersabout me. And you need to do this as well, since you’ve been with me from the start.
“I’m telling you all of this so that you’ll keep the faith, because they are going to do all kinds ofthings to you to get you to try to give up. You’ll be thrown out of the synagogue congregation,and worse. It’s going to get so bad that they’ll be convinced that if they kill one of you, theyare actually doing God a favor. And it’s all because they’re ignorant of the Father and me. I’mtelling you this so that when all this goes down, you’ll be prepared for it.”
it gets Worse
John 15:18-16:4a(how I would say it)