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Devotional - week of January 24, 2010


REJECTION!

 

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Isaiah 53:3

 

This verse is a prophecy about Jesus. One of the most painful experiences for any person is to be rejected by other people. Likely, no one has ever experienced the rejection that Jesus did.

 

Joseph and Mary stayed in Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus until God told them to go to Egypt. We do not know how old Jesus was when God told Joseph and Mary to leave Egypt and go back to Nazareth—the home of Joseph and Mary.

 

Knowing people as we do, though, we can be certain that because of the nature of Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph felt the sting of rejection as soon as they returned to Nazareth. We can assume that at an early age, Jesus was asking Mary and Joseph why people looked at Him the way they did. Jesus must have experienced rejection beginning in His childhood.

 

That is a painful thought for us, even 2000 years after it happened. However, it was preparation for what Jesus would face when He began His public ministry.

 

Just before Jesus returned to heaven and after three and a half years of his most severe rejection, He said to His apostles, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full (John.15:11).” Jesus was filled with joy in spite of the vicious rejection He received because He was always filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

The Holy Spirit abides in all who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. So, we have the same resource for joy and for victory over the heart-hurt of rejection that we receive.

 

When we experience our oneness with Christ, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and the joy that the Spirit gives—even in our most cruel moments of rejection.