Read John 15 today.

John 15:18-25 NLT[18] “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. [19] The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. [20] Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. [21] They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. [22] They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. [23] Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. [24] If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. [25] This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’
I find the words in verse 20 interesting, “Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.” ‘Naturally’ is an interesting word to find here. It implies we ought not be surprised by the the adversarial relationship between the world and followers of Christ. Actually, we ought to expect it.
How many followers of Jesus take these words seriously? How many of us have adopted subtle adjustments to our version of Christianity in order to make it (and us) more likeable to the world around us? What feature or teaching of Jesus caused the world to hate Him? Do we still embrace that feature or teaching?