“We Should Not Expect to Be Treated Any Different/Better Than Jesus Christ 我們理應不要預期受到與耶穌基督不同/比祂好一點的對待“（John 約翰福音15:20-22）
Remember what I told you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 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.
Interestingly, John used the second half of what Matthew stated as ‘The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master’ (Luke used the first half instead) to remind us that Lord Jesus’ disciples should not expect to be treated any different/better than He was treated. He was mostly persecuted by the religious establishment, which mainly reflected the world’s values and goals in opposition to God. If people do not know God as He really is, they often attack and persecute those who represent God in some way. Because Christ did come and speak to the world through His works which no one else did among them, they knew something of God that they did not know before. This made them without excuse for hating and rejecting Jesus Christ and His Father in heaven.
Prayer: Oh Lord Jesus, one may be both religious and very much part of the world. But by both your life and your words you rebuke human sin and condemn it. You uncover the inner corruption and hypocrisy of mankind. No wonder they react violently to the disclosure. Help us to have your compassion and sympathy for our persecutors since they do not know what they have been doing. Amen.