Have you ever felt the hurt and sting of being rejected? Rejection’s cousin is likely betrayal. When someone through word or deed tells us that they do not think we are good enough, worthy of their esteem, care, friendship, love, companionship, partnership or any other form of relationship, the pain can cut deep. Whether on a job, at school, at church or in a personal relationship, rejection never feels good.
I recently asked myself, why I felt grief over a situation. For a few days I had lingering feelings of sadness, but couldn’t quite put my finger on why a certain situation bothered me so much. I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me that what I was feeling, was called ‘rejection’. Almost immediately, Isaiah 53 came to mind.
Jesus is the ultimate example of rejection.
How could the people He came to save reject someone so perfect and loving? Scripture tells us Jesus was acquainted with grief. He understands our feelings of rejection and grief. After all, He is a High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:14). The reason Jesus can sympathize with our feelings and our weaknesses, is because He experienced all of them on the Cross (Isaiah 53:4).
Despite being rejected by The Twelve who were the closest to Him (and many others), Jesus still chose to love us and die for us, so that we could have the ultimate acceptance in the Beloved of the Most High God (Ephesians 1:6).
So, when we feel rejected or betrayed, we have to remember that our approval and acceptance comes from The One who died for us, our Great Redeemer.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:12-13 NKJV
People will disappoint us. After all, each of us is only human. Even on our best days and through our best efforts to be Christ-like, we will inevitably fall short. Our hope, identity and trust must rest in the arms of the Almighty.