You’ve probably heard all about Jesus’s earth visit, the one beginning with a virgin birth and ending with a back-to-life miracle. But have you ever thought about the days in between? Or how degrading it must have been for God’s Son to put on a “human suit”? Day in and day out, the King of Kings dealt with the same stuff that drives us regular people nuts. Yes, he was completely holy, but he was also completely human, surrounded by heartache, sickness, and sin.
Does it break your heart that God’s Son got the anti-royal treatment? Far from it, actually. When that perfect baby took his first tiny breath, it was in a barn—well, a stable, but you know what I mean. Then when he was barely walking, Jesus became a fugitive, running for his little life. And as you probably know, the troubles got much worse. In his thirties, things got ugly quick. Here are a few examples, straight from scripture:
- “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).
- “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” (John 1:10).
Maybe you can relate to unfair treatment. Ever felt despised? Are your best intentions unappreciated, sometimes even criticized? There’s no doubt about it: Doing the right thing—God’s plan—is tough when people do you wrong. But when rejection comes, just remember these truths: One, it’s no surprise to God (See John 16:33). Two, Christ experienced it too, so he knows all about it (Again, see John 16:33). Third, if you’re on Team Jesus, then you’ll win in the long run (Did I mention John 16:33?).
Here’s the bottom line, as far as rejection goes: Your Heavenly Father’s acceptance is all that matters. And it’s easy to experience! He already loves you like crazy. In fact, he fell for you long ago, so you don’t even have to work for it. Just love him back. Get to know him and his rejection-free policy (valid for a lifetime–good as long as you’re breathing). You’ll find undeniable joy, restful sleep, amazing blessings, and real relationship.
Take it from a girl who’s been an unfair outcast, who’s felt the sting of injustice. Do what Jesus did, starting with a bright Bethlehem star and ending with an empty tomb: Let God shine, no matter what. If some don’t respond, no biggie. If others make fun, so be it. Just remember who created you, loves you, and knows you’re pretty special. And realize all is well, ’cause the biggest gift ever–the one with Christ’s rejection on a cross–is beautifully yours forever.
No one said it’d be easy, following the Savior of the World. But plenty have said it’d be worth it. So this holiday season, think about the one who came to earth for you. He was here. Really here, walking and laughing and feeling! Enemies didn’t stop him. Death couldn’t conquer him. His name is Jesus, the one who “became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Do you see it, too? The glory, I mean? In this weary world, look past the struggles—the rejection, even—and see what Jesus offers: Magnificent glory, no matter what happens.
“[Jesus said], I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This excerpt from A Daughter’s Heart: Falling in Love with the Father was altered a bit to fit the blog style. If you’re interested in this six-week Bible study/devotional for young women, click the “Bible Studies” tab at www.avasturgeon.com.