“He was despised and rejected by men……..” Isaiah 53 was written 700 years before Jesus lived this out. I have heard this scripture preached and taught many times and almost always the focus is on His physical suffering, which was horrific to say the least. I don’t want to minimise it in any way but I think the emotional pain he went through was equal to or possibly even greater than his physical pain. “a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering…..”
When no one else understands the lord knows.
“ and by His wounds we are healed” I have to believe that includes the pain of rejection, my rejection, your rejection. The deepest hurt you have ever known can be healed if you allow God to take it.
My deal was to build a wall, the problem with that is the wall you build to keep people out, keeps people out. It’s hard to be loved and accepted through a wall. Pain made me socially awkward, I didn’t know how to talk or act around people. The simple act of saying good morning or how are you? was foreign to me Nobody ever ask me how I was Nobody cared they where too self absorbed. So I stayed quite, I was labeled “stuck up” It’s not that I didn’t want to be a part I just didn’t know how???? After you have been told how dumb you are a couple of hundred times a day you start to believe it.
My life began to change when I met Wendy and her family. She never seemed to mind that I didn’t talk much. ( she has always been able to make friends fast) I still remember the first time I went on a picnic it was with her family nobody yelling or screaming but the most amazing thing was no deputy sheriff came to break up a fight. (we where “the Myers”) they knew us by name. it was peaceful and good. My family experience had been anything but peaceful. This I have learned, God love’s me! and accepted me for who I am but loves me enough not to let me stay that way.
I also have learned that I must live for God’s approval and not for the approval of people. “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” John 14:31 God’s amazing love caused Jesus to rise again and to risk again. It can do the same for you Gods love can cause you to rise above your Pain and cause you to risk again.
Remember without risk there is no return. maybe you have been hurt and hurt badly more than words can say, Jesus has made a way back for you he knows the way. will you trust him? will you accept God’s amazing transforming love?? will you risk it one more time ?? or will you reject it? the choice is yours. And thats the way I see it in my market.