Have you ever wondered if God really understood how you felt? Have you ever thought: if God was so good, why would He let me go through this situation? Through this three part series, we will discover together the character of God, and learn about how He went through rejection, betrayal, and abuse for the iniquities of others.
According to the Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word “rejected” is to “cast off as valueless” or for “something or someone [to be] judged unacceptable.” Can you sometimes relate with this definition of rejection? Have you ever felt valueless? Some of us have been rejected by friends, family and even loved ones. Mark 6:1-4 tells us of one of the many times Jesus was questioned, offended, and rejected for the sake of others.
“He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?”
Previous to this passage, Jesus had taught and healed many people. He even went as far as raising a little girl from the dead. Crowds were always gathered around Jesus because of his renown teaching, healing, and authority to cast out demons. Afterward, he decided to travel back to His hometown, Nazareth, to teach at the neighborhood synagogue. You would think that people from His own neighborhood would be amazed and encouraged to see Jesus teach and heal the people of Nazareth. But instead, they questioned Him. In fact they did more than just question Him…
“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him.”
Jesus’s hometown took offense at Him. They thought “How can someone from Nazareth do these great works and teach these things?” They refused to believe in Jesus because they saw him for where he came from. Mark 3:20 further explains that even members from His own family though He was crazy for preaching the good news: “Then he came home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of his mind.'” Sometimes when we seek to do the Lord’s work, we are confronted by people who will only accept us for who we were and where we came from.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.'”
Among all the places he went, and the crowds he taught, His hometown wouldn’t accept Him. Jesus knows how it feels to be rejected. And Jesus did it for us. He went as far as to die for us on the cross. Jesus feels our pain, even when we feel alone in it. Matthew 21:42 tells us that Jesus was rejected for our iniquities, and is now the cornerstone that our entire faith stands on. Through Jesus, we are accepted into God’s kingdom with open arms.
How can you trust in God in times of rejection? What can you do today to remind yourself of God’s unwavering love? Even through we may feel alone, we can be assured that we serve a God who understands our feelings, struggles, and situations.
“… The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…”