Rejection . . .
is a word that anyone can identify with.
It’s a word that often immediately brings to mind specific instances and remembrances of fresh wounds of your most recent experience with it.
In messages I’ve heard about rejection, the fact that Jesus lived His life on earth as a rejected person is rarely mentioned.
Yet the prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 53:3 clearly states:
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Despised . . . rejected . . . a man of sorrows . . . familiar with suffering . . . people hide their faces from . . . not esteemed
Jesus lived with that high level of rejection his entire 33 years of life on this earth. How did He do it, while maintaining such a joyful personality that actually drew people into His presence?
- Jesus knew whose He was.
- Jesus knew His fellowship with Father would always outweigh the rejection He’d experience from people (Jn 5:19-20, Jn 15:5)
- Jesus invested in those who sought out His company and fellowship
- Jesus acknowledged & respected those who rejected Him, but He didn’t let them define His worth or shape His outlook on life
In one way or another, I’ve always been considered to be an unusual sort:
- In junior high & high school, it was my outspoken beliefs
- In college, it was my vivaciousness
- In inner city ministry, it was my gutsiness
- As a prophetic intercessor, it’s my tenacity
I’ve experienced my share of rejection.
What keeps me going is remembering the integral principle that kept Jesus going when people tried to normalize, tame Him down, shut Him up, cast Him aside, turn away from Him, and viciously turn against Him.
Jesus knew to the core of His being that, “We’re in this together. We always do everything together.” — Father
Father’s acceptance is what kept the cuts and slashes of rejection from defining or paralyzing Jesus’ gait.
So is true of us His children when we embrace the concepts: We are not alone. We are accepted. Jesus is alongside us, with us, for us, and in us. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5). We abide in Him (Jn 15:5); we do what we see Him doing and what we sense Him prompting us to do (Jn 5:19-20).
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Ro 8:31
“We’re in this together. We always do everything together.” — Jesus
For more on rejection and forgiveness, check out Time to Let Go
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