What It Means to Be Human: Rejection

David Bast

Read: Isaiah 53:2-3; John 1:10-11

He was despised and rejected. (Isa. 53:3)

Jesus knew the bad about what it means to be human as well as the good. “He was despised and rejected.” Rejection hurts. To be told that you’re not wanted, that you don’t belong—it’s one of the cruelest things we do to each other. “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,” says the old spiritual. Don’t we all, sometimes?

Jesus, the most appealing person who ever lived, experienced the pain of rejection. Jesus so humbled himself that many who saw him thought he was beneath them! In Jesus, the creator of the universe came into his own world, and his own creatures rejected him. In Jesus, Israel’s Messiah came to the Jewish people, and most of them disbelieved. In Jesus, the Savior of the world comes to those who should welcome him as their only hope, and they shut him out of their lives.

Some of Jesus’ contemporaries cheered him at first, and turned to him for help. But eventually most turned away. A powerful few hated him from the start. They heaped scorn and abuse upon him. In the end, they spat upon him and struck him. Finally, they nailed him to a tree and killed him.

It had all been prophesied, centuries before, by Isaiah. God knew what he was getting into when he chose to become a man. Yet still he came. He accepted rejection by us so we might be accepted and never rejected by him. —David Bast

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your courage and constancy.