“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”
We carry within us the seeds of rejection. What started at the Fall has continued to haunt us and we reap what we have sown. For in a moment in time mankind rejected God, his Creator and Sustainer. And then, when this same God came to seek and to find him in human form, this rejection came to fulfillment in the rejection and death of the Son, man’s Saviour and Lord.
This rejection has come to haunt and to judge us as each one knows something of what it is to be rejected – and the pain, the suffering and the bondage that it brings with it. We hide our true selves from the light in case we should be rejected and humiliated by the truth – the truth of ourselves and the truth of others. From behind our masks we push out images of ourselves that we think may be more acceptable – or safer because if they fail and fall it will not be as devastating, because we can create a few more.
In this way we allow the rejection of others, sometimes dating back to our conception, to define and establish our self-worth. And we allow the inadequacies of a parent, or other significant person, themselves victims of rejection, to colour our picture of God as Father. And in the end we are in danger of rejecting ourselves.
Yet it is this very self that God loves – not the images we put forth and behind which we hide. God died for the salvation of the real me, and rose again so that the real me might have new life. God’s call is for the real me to come out into the light – not merely the world’s light but His light, the light of His love and new life. Just as He called forth Lazarus from the tomb, so He calls us to come out and take off the old ’grave-clothes.’ Just as He gave sight to the blind man so He offers us new sight and a fresh vision of Him. And as He gave healing to the lame man so he holds out His hand to us to lift us up and lead us forwards.
At the beginning of Jesus ministry His Father acknowledged and affirmed Him in a wonderful way. And this formed the foundation and security of Jesus life as He lived and ministered and experienced first-hand the reality of the words proclaimed by the prophet. God wishes us to have the very same foundation and security in our own lives that will give to us comfort, strength and peace as we too experience the pain of this world.
“The Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”(Luke 3:22)
In other words – “You are mine. I love you. I take great delight in you.”
It takes courage to step out of our old boat – but there is a new world waiting.
My Father – my true Father – bless me with the courage to believe in Your love for me, Your total and unconditional and non-judgemental Love. May Your Love overwhelm my insecurities, heal the hurt caused by others, and allow me to live in simple security, trust and peace with You. Amen.