Today's verses are John 7:43,44: "So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him." My child, I often bring division among people, as is seen here. The most important question in life is, "Who is Jesus?" If you decide that I am the Christ, the Son of the living God, others, who don't believe in me, will reject you. Fathers and mothers will hate children and have them arrested because of me. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death because they carry my name. Brothers will deliver brothers and sisters will deliver sisters over to the authorities because of me. Friends will become divided because they have decided to follow me. In many families and areas of the world, I will bring division because of my identity. It has been this way for the past two thousand years. It will continue until I come back again.
When people carry my name, the antagonism and hatred people feel toward me will be forced upon them. People will be hated for my name's sake. A disciple is not above the teacher. But that is the ultimate goal of a follower of mine: to emulate the master. This is not unique to me. It is a truth in Judaism, Roman teaching and throughout the world. I experienced hatred and antagonism here with the Jews. So will my followers, for all times, at some level or another. Don't be surprised when it comes. It most assuredly will.
But note here that no one laid a hand on me. Though antagonism and hatred for me was ever increasing, no one laid a hand on me. Why? Because my time had not yet come. My Father's time for me to go the cross, his appointed time, had not yet arrived. It was all in his hands.
My child, please know again today that all times and seasons are in my Father's hands. If you are committed to me, everything in your life has its appointed time. You must learn to wait on me and trust me. As you persevere in waiting, don't weary in well-doing. Persevere in caring for others. Be relentless in love. Though you will face most assuredly face rejection and persecution, love one another. Love this dying world, with all that is within you. Even love your enemies. Forgive those who have hurt you. Care for those who are less fortunate. Give generously to those who are in need. Faithfully trust my appointed time.
You can trust me today.