He Was Rejected (John 1:10-11)

Rejection

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
(John 1:10-11)

Read: Genesis 21:8 – 24:67

Relate: No question, hands down, the worst year of my school years was seventh grade. There were plenty of reasons and looking back now, I can see how I contributed to my own emotional demise but it all started with a heartbreaking rejection. There was this girl in my class who I will not name because some people reading this might know who she is. I’d hate for people to know that I once had a crush on the former pastor’s wife of another local church. Yes, it was an incredibly long time ago but he is a great guy and his wife is a lovely lady and I would hate for people to know how CRUELLY SHE TREATED MY HEART!

Anyways, back to the story. The summer before seventh grade I had a summertime camp girlfriend. It carried on to through the summer and into the beginning of the school year but she lived far away and here was this lovely young lady who sat next to me in my science class. She was funny. She was smart. She was beautiful… especially when she smiled at me which I did everything I could to encourage as often as possible. So one night I was at home with this brilliant idea. I wrote her a poem pouring out my heart and soul and asking her to be my girlfriend. I never did get a reply. But I am pretty sure every single person in the entire school read that poem. Neighbors who were two grades above me were quoting it on the bus ride home. I hate poetry.

React: God had this great idea. He loved His people but they had a hard time loving Him back. He would send them prophets and messages and for a while it might turn their hearts toward Him but all humans are fickle. We are prone to wander. So God decided to come and live among us Himself. He came and began walking and talking with us, but they didn’t recognize Him as God. He came to the people He had chosen and set apart as His own but even they ended up rejecting and killing Him. A rejection like this makes my young crush look like what it truly is… child’s play. This is God we’re talking about. He sacrificed so much more than I could ever imagine or attain to come and live among us and we rejected Him. They did then and oh, so many of us continue to do so now. Will you?

Respond: 

God, I am so thankful that You understand my brokenness. You came to this earth and experienced the hurts and the pain and the suffering we experienced and a very real part of that is rejection. I am sorry for those times I have rejected You myself with my willful sin. Please forgive me. Thank You for Your grace and Your healing. Help me to now go out and bring that healing to the hurts and the pain of others. Let me walk with You, even if that sometimes means walking alone.

Advertisements

20 thoughts on “He Was Rejected (John 1:10-11)

  1. I submit that we all go through rejection in some form or another and at one place or the next. Rare that you come across someone that was never told “NO” or been ignored. If such a person exist, I would love to know your secret n meet with you. You might be pretty interesting.

  2. So often I find myself trying hard to avoid rejection. So much so that I neglect to take chances that would benefit the kingdom. But look at Jesus! He walked right into rejection and right through it to the other side. I want to live like that. Thanks for a great reminder.

  3. Pingback: He Was Rejected (John 1:10-11) | unknowntothemind

  4. Hey i just wanted to say thank God for rejection; you probably should thank that little lady for rejecting you as well: if you look at your life, you got more from it than you would have if she just accepted you in all your beautiful glory :))

  5. Such truth and humor. Thank you for taking the time to craft your journey in words.
    I can’t imagine Jesus leaving his rightful throne to come to earth, knowing he would be rejected by the majority. I hate rejection so much, my prayer this year is to be willing to receive it for Jesus sake!

Join the discussion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s