Accepted and Loved
Isaiah 53:3 (NIV®)
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 was a prophet in Jerusalem, a court prophet at home in the palace. Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, he prophesied about the coming Messiah. You would think that the Messiah the people had been waiting for so eagerly would be welcomed, not “despised and rejected.” But Jesus―the sinless, obedient Son of God―endured a great deal of rejection, even though He was doing exactly what God wanted Him to do. It’s highly probable that you and I will face rejection along life’s journey, but we can take comfort in the fact that God loves us and accepts us―not because we are good enough or because we have done something to earn it, but because of the redemptive work of Jesus on our behalf.
THINK ABOUT IT
Have you, like Jesus, felt despised and rejected or known suffering and pain? Give your circumstances to the Lord, then rejoice in His great love for you.
Heavenly Father, I come to You with confidence in Your love because of the cross where Your sinless Son endured rejection, abandonment, shame, and guilt—all on my behalf. Because of the forgiveness available through His great sacrifice, I choose to forgive all those who have rejected me or harmed me. They owe me nothing. Today I choose to rejoice in Your great love and the victory Jesus of Nazareth won for me through His death and resurrection. You are worthy of all my worship and praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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