Rejection of Christ

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-3
 
 
The Savior’s coming as a man of sorrows was rejected. The very thought of His suffering for the human race was unacceptable to people (v.3). People dismiss the idea that they are…
  • so sinful that they need a Savior to make them acceptable to God
  • so sinful that God had to send His Son to die for their sins
 
To a variety of people, the cross and all it represents—the blood, the gore, the suffering—are repulsive, making Christianity a bloody religion. In their minds, individuals become acceptable to God by good works, doing the best they can throughout life. They believe that they do enough good works to be acceptable to God and that, in the final analysis, God would never reject them. As a result, they reject the idea of a Savior having to die for the sins of the human race.
 

Tragically, Christ was despised and rejected by men throughout His life. Many actually avoided Him because they detested Him so. As a result, Christ suffered not just when He died upon the cross but also during his day-to-day experiences throughout His life. Not only was He reared in poverty, but…

  • He was born to a virgin mother (Mt.1:18-19).
  • He was born in a stable under shocking conditions (Lu.2:7).
  • He was born to poor parents (Lu.2:24).
  • He had His life threatened as a baby (Mt.2:13f).
  • He was the object of Herod’s ambitious wrath, which led to the slaughter of all the male children two years and under (in Bethlehem and surrounding areas (Mt.2:16f).
  • He had to be moved about for protection when He was a baby (Mt.2:13f).
  • He was reared in a despicable place, Nazareth (Lu.2:39).
  • He apparently lost His earthly father (Joseph) during His youth, for His father’s name is not mentioned in the list of His family (Mt.13:55-56).
  • He had no home as an adult, not even a place to lay His head (Mt.8:20; Lu.9:58).
  • He had to depend upon others for financial support (Mt.8:2-3).
  • He faced relentless temptation (Mt.4:1; Heb. 2:18; 4:15).
  • He was hated and opposed by religionists and had to face their continual hostility (Mk.14:1-2; Heb. 12:3).
  • He had the charge of insanity leveled against Him (Mk.3:21).
  • He was charged with being demon possessed (Mk.3:22).
  • He was opposed by His own family (Mk.3:31-32).
  • He was rejected, hated and opposed by His audiences (Mt.13:53-58; Lu.4:28-29).
  • He was betrayed by a close friend, Judas, one of the apostles (Mk.14:10-11, 18).
  • He was left all alone at the end of His life, rejected and forsaken by all His friends (Mk.14:50).
  • He was tried before the high court of the land on the charge of treason (Jn.18:33).
  • He was put to death by crucifixion, the worst possible manner of death (Jn.19:16f).

 

The rejection, hostility, and sufferings of Christ during His life undoubtedly took their toll upon His body. Apparently He appeared so worn and aged that he was thought to be nearly 50 years old (Jn.8:57). The depth of Christ’s sufferings can be seen in three facts:
 
1. In Coming to earth, Christ set aside all the glory, worship, and service given Him by the hosts of heaven itself, all of which He had always had.
 
2. In coming to earth, Christ bore all the temptations and trials of the human flesh as well as the mockery, hostility, and rejection of sinful people.
 
3. In coming to earth, Christ took the sins of the entire human race upon Himself and died for those sins, suffering the rejection of God and God’s judgment upon them.
 

Just some food for thought….

 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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