Jesus, the Rejected God

“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.” (Isaiah 53:3 NIV)

A setting full of irony. The Person that the Jewish people so ever desired that prophecies about Him almost filled the Old Testament. Yet, upon His arrival, He was questioned. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, was rejected.

You cannot blame the Jews. The King, whose arrival was expected to be extravagant, one-of-a-kind, and extraordinary, was born in a stable. Stinking with piss, dung and animal scent, truly the stable is a place not fit for a king. He is a king born in poverty.

The rejection continued to stick in His adulthood days. As He started His ministry, people questioned His beliefs. Religious people back then placed Him in 24/7 surveillance to try to find a grave loophole that can be used against Him. Even His family doubted His teachings. Maybe they viewed the King as a psychopath. Or a foolish man trying to annoy the Pharisees. People pointed out His work background, a carpenter. “This can’t be the Messiah.”

He was rejected because of His background.
He was rejected because of His beliefs.
He was rejected because of His lifestyle.

He was rejected because He is different, He is too revolutionary.

He knows suffering. He knows solitude. He knows rejection. He knows your suffering.

And thus, He is not just the God of the righteous. He is also the God of the lost, of the rejected, of the poor, of the outcast, of the marginalized. He is God of everyone, despite the background, beliefs, and lifestyle.

He suffered from rejection, up to the point wherein people He is crucified due to disgust and anger people feel towards Him. He gladly accepted the greatest rejection, being separated from God. He gladly accepted receiving the pain, knowing that every thrust of the nail brings freedom.

He did that for you. He did that so you can be freed from all sin, from all rejection, from all depression.

He did that because He loves you.

And He wants you to be saved. Now.

Jesus, the Rejected God

Christmas: The Ordinary Day that Became Extraordinary

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NKJV)”

Thanks be to God for always giving us a chance. That Jesus made a way for us to get blessings instead of curses.

For we are originally in a curse. It is our default. By His justice, we are all bound to destruction.

Yet we are saved by His mercy. We are saved by His love. We are saved by His promise.

We are saved by the Man-God. And His birth day is fast approaching. Let us commit this season to lessen ourselves and making Him more in our lives.

Let Christmas, the birthing of the Messiah, be a daily and a fresh encounter to all of us! Merry Christmas!

#MaagangBati #ChristmasIsEveryDay

Christmas: The Ordinary Day that Became Extraordinary

O Come Let Us Adore Him!

Those who can confess their lowly state and sinful nature, those who make and see themselves impure in the face of the Pure, are those who can truly magnify God and uplift the glory of the Son, Jesus Christ.

“And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, (Luke 1:46, 47 NIV)”

Let us seek His presence more. Make everyday a momentum to make Him shine more.

O Come Let Us Adore Him!