Friday, April 6, 2012

The Pain of Rejection Revisited

This post is a repeat performance from 2011's Holy Week.  If you're feeling desolate, deserted, or discarded today, please know that you are not alone.  Others also walk in your shoes.  And no one has experienced the agony of abandonment more than the One who suffered so immensely for my sins ...  and yours.

In these days before we joyfully celebrate our risen Lord, we are wise to focus on the whole story. His whole story. Including the fact that "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering" {Isaiah 53:3}.

We evangelicals tend to sail right by the truly awful events of Holy Week. Who wants to focus on the torture and brutality suffered by the Holy One we so adore?

And yet, He walks with us even as we consider the unimaginably horrific. And one of the lessons we are able to learn is that He, too, knows what it's like to be rejected. Abandoned. Mocked. Hated. Brutalized.

So the next time you're
facing the pain of rejection, remember that He's been there. Done that. And because He is your Creator and the Lover of your soul, He has an incredibly empathetic heart of deepest compassion for you in your suffering. Whatever that may be.

His arms are open ~

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