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.

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Jesus, the Rejected God

Slow to Wrath

I always hate when someone argues with me.

Sometimes, my response is to throw back arguments in a defensive manner. A “word war” begins, which make things unresolved.

Stumbling the following verse from the New Testament reminded me on what to do when dealing with conflicts:

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19, 20 NKJV).

Swift to Hear: Listen. If two or more people keep on throwing arguments but hesitates to listen on each one of them, there will be no room for understanding and resolution. If there is a person willing to listen, a smooth conversation follows through. Clarity produces insights.

Slow to Speak: Speak gently. Personally, I always love listening on debates which people lay arguments in a calm and mild manner (but still with strength and conviction!). And I observe that in the end, they end it with less bitterness. Respect is very important, since the goal is to create an understanding between two conflicting parties with different beliefs.

Slow to Wrath: Be patient. There is no need to be offended when someone questions you. Always have a forgiving heart. Speak the truth and do not bend it. Accept correction. Remember that wrath tempts you to do something that can hurt other people. That is why we have to cool down ourselves and understand the person you are in conflict with.

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Let us constantly remind ourselves to be patient in relating with other people, so that understanding and love may prevail.

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Slow to Wrath