Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 20th, 2018
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 (NKJV)
Despised and Rejected
It is a very painful experience to be rejected. The scars of rejection can stay with an individual for many years. When the Spirit spoke through the prophet Isaiah, the word “rejected” is used describing the treatment the suffering Saviour would experience. And, this is what Jesus endured for us when He came. He suffered for us that we might be healed of rejection.
About half of the asylum claims heard from those who have crossed the Canada-U.S. border since July have been rejected, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board. That’s in line with the historical acceptance rate for claims by Haitian nationals in past years; the vast majority of the asylum seekers who have arrived in Quebec in particular since the summer are Haitian. In August, the board set up a dedicated team of 17 members to hear asylum claims solely from the border crossers.
At Christmas, we often ponder what it must have been like for Jesus to leave the glory of heaven to step into the pain and suffering that is so much a part of the human experience. What we don’t often consider is just how much worse it was going to get for Him. At the time of His birth he was surrounded by loving parents, wondering shepherds, and angels, as they always had in heaven, praising him. By the end of His life things were much different. Isaiah the prophet described it this way in Isaiah 53:3: “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.” I can’t begin to imagine what the Lord of Angel Armies must have felt as He faced the jeers of the crowd and how the judge of universe faced a kangaroo court. He went through all He did for you. He was bearing the punishment that we deserve. His being despised and rejected was so that we can stand before God welcomed and accepted.
These have been words from the heart.