A hate crime, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as:
“any of various crimes (as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)”
Jesus is the Son of God, a member of the Group that rules over all of Creation and everything in it. God sent Him to sacrifice His own life to save us from Satan, the finest example of true love in action. But do you know what Satan and his angels were doing during all the time Jesus was on the earth? Committing hate crimes, crimes that were motivated solely by their hostility to Jesus and to us.
-They incited people to murder Jesus, even as a kid! (Mt. 2:13-18; Jn. 10:31-39; 11:49-53)
-They possessed people just to keep them away from Jesus. (Lk. 4:16-30, 33-35; 7:2)
-They deceived people into thinking that Jesus is not the Messiah (Mt. 13:54-58; Jn.7:3-5; 12:36-41).
-They helped turn one of Jesus’ disciples into the most infamous backstabber in human history (Mt. 26:15, 16, 47-50)
-They instigated the Jews and Romans to crucify Jesus. They even taunted Him as He hung from the cross. (Mt. 27:35-44)
Satan used humans and angels alike to commit the greatest hate crime in human history, inciting the murder of Jesus Christ. But Satan’s ultimate hate crime was no match for Jesus’ act of love. His Resurrection has given us the promise that one day, we will never have to deal with another hate crime again. Soon, the entire world will know what Jesus’ love will do for us. Next week, you will too.
Poetic Final Thought
A love stronger than the strongest death,
A Son more powerful than the greatest hate
When on the cross He took His last breath,
All the world was saved from the cruelest fate.