16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 17 I give you these commandments so that you can love each other. 18 “If the world hates you, know that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, I have chosen you out of the world, and you don’t belong to the world. This is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you, ‘Servants aren’t greater than their master.’ If the world harassed me, it will harass you too. If it kept my word, it will also keep yours. 21 The world will do all these things to you on account of my name, because it doesn’t know the one who sent me. 22 “If I hadn’t come and spoken to the people of this world, they wouldn’t be sinners. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me also hates the Father. 24 If I hadn’t done works among them that no one else had done, they wouldn’t be sinners. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 This fulfills the word written in their Law, They hated me without a reason. (John 15:16-25, CEB)
In verse 22, Jesus says, “If I hadn’t come and spoken to the people of this world, they wouldn’t be sinners.” And he says it again in verse 24. Which when I read that I was wondering what it meant, but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.
The religious leaders all think they have it right and figured out, that they are the only ones in right standing with God, and therefore are not sinners. Everyone else is sinning because they are not like us. We know the law and understand what it means to love God and follow where God is leading.
But since Jesus came and explained it to us all and showed us what it means to love and follow God, we now see the leaders aren’t doing what they should be and are actually far from God.
Jesus showed them to be sinners, just like us.
We all fall short of God’s glory, but thanks be to Jesus for coming and telling and showing us what we need to do to follow God.
Love People. Love God.