The whole world is currently preparing for the biggest celebration of the year: the birth
of the Savior. In fact, the Christmas rush preceding that day, that one experiences these days everywhere, actually has nothing to do with life and the radical message of the one who is celebrated. Of the society of his time, he was rather seen as a stumbling block, and his words left the minds of all people. Even the heart of his own mother was revealed (examined by him), as prophesied in the temple consecration to His:
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed. (Luke 2:34-35)
The majority of the rulers and the influential ones hated Him, because He questioned their hypocritical façades. Therefore, the life of the newborn Son of God was massively threatened as soon as the wise men from the east had announced the birth of the Prince of Peace, as it is told in the “Christmas Story”. Then the ruler wanted to kill the child and because he could not find him, he ordered that all children be killed in Bethlehem under two years — and even the whole area. The parents escaped this attack only because they fled abroad on the notice of an angel.
These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ (John 15:17-25)
And of course we all know that this hatred went so far that His life ended at the cross. He has therefore won — because he did not react with hatred when He was hated. His response to negative situations was always positive and His last words were: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Like the first believers who lived together, sharing all things in common, we too saw His forgiveness and His great love for us and decided to dedicate our lives to Him. That is why we obey His Word—because we believe. (Acts 2:44 and John 3:36 in the NAS, as well as John 14:21,23, and 24.)