He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 Isaiah 53:3

Most of us have had experience with rejection—some more than others. But look at the Scripture above, describing what Jesus went through.

Jesus. He who loved us so deeply that he died a torturous death for us. He who travelled around throughout his ministry, healing the sick and passing along his radical teachings to a world that needed to hear. Jesus was the least deserving of rejection. And yet, look how he suffered!

When we read how Jesus was despised and rejected, we can be assured that he understands us when we experience such pain. We will know that he suffers with us if we will let him help us carry our pain. He invites us to share our struggles with him.

Though others may reject us, Jesus never will. His love will always be there for us to draw sustenance from.

Here’s something to think about:

In his book Soul Cravings, Erwin McManus talks about how awful it feels when we love someone but our love is not returned. “…if God’s love is immeasurable and unending, as the Hebrews describe him, how deep and profound must be his sense of sorrow and rejection. If anyone knows the pain of a love unreturned, it must be God.”

God knows all about it.

marja