Have you ever felt the sting of rejection? Perhaps you are carrying some deep wounds from past rejections that are negatively impacting your life today. We have all felt the sting of rejection at one time or another, and it is for this reason that today’s message should be a source of great comfort and healing.
At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)
When we plumb the depths of the price Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, we are numbed at what happened from the sixth to the ninth hour. As awful as it was for Jesus to endure the beating, the scourging, the crown of thorns, and the metal spikes driven through His wrists and feet, the excruciating physical pain was nothing compared to what happened during the darkest time in the history of the world: those terrible moments when the Father rejected His beloved Son. And because of the rejection Jesus endured on the cross—the rejection we deserved—we will never have to face God’s rejection. Rejection has been rejected, and that Gospel truth is both the power and comfort we need to deal with all of life’s many rejections.
The life of our Lord was a life marked with rejection:
- The inn where He was born rejected Him
- Friends rejected Him
- Disciples rejected Him
- Religious leaders rejected Him
- His home-town synagogue rejected Him
- Roman authorities rejected Him
- Roman law rejected Him
- Crowds rejected Him
- Roman soldiers rejected Him
- One thief on the cross rejected Him
Some of those He healed seemingly rejected Him when they did not return to thank Him. Even some in His own family rejected Him, believing Him to be “out of His mind” (Mark 3:21). The prophet Isaiah perhaps put it best when he said of Jesus, “He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). And Jesus took the ultimate rejection of His Father in heaven so that we would never have to experience that.
So . . . what rejection have you been facing lately? Personally? Professionally? Relationally?
The devil loves to use rejection in the lives of believers because it wounds so deeply. The ultimate goal for the devil is to see the pain of rejection grow abundantly in the lives of believers, bearing malignant fruit through emotional baggage, negative feelings, and the desire to get a little “pay-back,” regardless of the cost.
But this is not for you! Keeping the rejection Jesus endured in both life and death in view will help us to rise above the rejections we encounter in our daily lives, resting in the inconceivable love and acceptance we have because of our union with Jesus. God loves us so much that He sent His Son to endure every imaginable rejection and one that is unimaginable—God’s rejection of His very own Son—all for us!
May the Gospel truth of “rejection rejected” reach deep into our hearts to heal old wounds, jettison emotional baggage, and strengthen our resolve to live with freedom, joy, and faithfulness to our Savior . . . even in the face of rejection.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!