Unlimited: Not Rejected
Dec 11, 2019 1057
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering (Isaiah 53:3, NIV).
Humans were created as social beings. In the Book of Genesis, God took one of Adam’s ribs and made a woman to be his companion. Even in a perfect world, people needed relationships with others. To be alone is not God’s plan and it is definitely not good for anyone.
The family, the church, and the community are meant to give us a wonderful sense of belonging. But what happens when we are rejected? When we have done our best, rejection can be the worst thing that can happen to our lives. Rejection is not an invention of our contemporary society. It happened to God when Adam and Eve walked out on him at the Garden of Eden. It happened to Jesus Christ.
After three and a half years, Jesus concluded his teaching of the heavenly version of love. But the only result he got was a denial from one of his best friends, a betrayal by one of his students, and rejection by his own community for attempting to save them.
He must have cast his eyes around to catch a glimpse of those who had rejected him, possibly hoping to see at least one who had remained faithful to him. Then he saw John, his face soaked in tears. On John’s chest leaned Jesus’ mother Mary. He admonished John to take care of her. The last and only gift he could give to those who refused to reject him was the gift of company.
Although he was rejected by the whole world, there were just a few people who would rather face the wrath and scorn of his enemies than leave him to be alone. In the same way, God will never forsake those who have accepted him. He has bought them by his own blood and they remain his precious possessions.
Do not make the mistake of rejecting someone who has loved you and sacrificed his own life for you. His name is Jesus Christ. And if you have been rejected, learn from your experience and estimate how God feels when we reject him.
And remember that if you come to him, he will never reject you.
– Bonifresh Muhollo
Eli’s Reflection: How has rejection affected your life? How do you think Jesus experienced rejection from those closest to him? Jesus walked through the ultimate rejection so that you can have the ultimate acceptance. Talk to him about that now.