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.
One characteristic of Jesus that we don’t talk about a great deal is that He was “a man of sorrows.” It almost seems irrational to me, illogical, to think about Jesus as a man of sorrow, a man who was rejected. After all, He could turn water into wine, walk on water, and raise the dead. But in spite of all those things, things that should’ve proved His authority, Jesus still was rejected. Why does that matter to you and me? Because if your heart is broken, if you’re suffering disappointment, if you know the bitter taste of rejection, Jesus understands. You can take those things to Him and know that He has suffered too. Ephesians tells us that Jesus has made us accepted in the Beloved. Jesus bore our rejection that we might receive the acceptance due Him.
Heavenly Father, I believe Jesus is Your son and the only way to You. I believe He died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. I believe Your word is true, and I believe that You accept me. I am accepted, highly favored, and the object of your special care. I thank You for accepting me, and I choose to accept myself. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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