THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;”
Isaiah 53:3-4 (ESV)
LONG JOURNEY: JESUS GETS MY REJECTION
On a list of the “10 Best Comebacks,” Winston Churchill’s one-liners appear three different times. One time the American socialite Nancy Astor was invited to a dinner party held by Churchill and became annoyed with him so she blurted out: “Winston, if you were my husband, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Unaffected by her sudden outburst, Churchill quickly replied with an unforgettable comeback: “Nancy, if you were my wife, I’d drink it!”
Jesus knows what it’s like to not be liked. Jesus knows what it’s like to be rejected even by your own people. In Isaiah 53 we read the prophecy about His coming. He was despised and rejected. Jesus knows what it’s like to come in love and grace and have people still reject you.
Can you imagine the Creator and Sustainer of life was rejected by the people He made? That kind of makes our rejection feel small. Yet, Jesus still cares. In the sermon Mike shared in John 8, Jesus stood to defend a woman caught in adultery with people ready to stone her to death. She, like all sinners, deserved punishment for her sins and separation from God. But Jesus came to die for her sins and rejection just like He came to die for your sins and rejection. Have there been times in your life when you felt like Jesus stood with you when no one else would stand for you? Thank Jesus for standing with you.