Rejection. Just reading the word causes us to feel some level of pain or discomfort. Every single person knows what it feels like to be rejected. In our childhood, we may have experienced rejection from certain people that we hoped would accept us into their friendship circle. We may well remember being rejected at our fist attempt at being the sweetheart to that person that made us smile a lot. We may have been rejected in our teens from a sport’s team, band, scholastic club, or some other group that we longed to be “one of the them”.
As adults, we have been rejected for jobs we wanted, or for a house we wanted to buy, or for a promotion. Rejection is common. Likely, before this day is out, one of us will receive a rejection that we hoped would be approved.
A teenager’s low popularity convinced her that she was not attractive. She became a top fashion model, hailed by many as the most beautiful woman in the world. All those who had ignored her are now boasting that they had gone to school with Claudia Schiffer!
He was rejected as too awkward and clumsy to be a ball boy in a Davis Cup tennis match: Stan Smith went on to become the officially ranked number one tennis player in the world (1972-1973).
He received an unbroken succession of 743 rejections. Now over sixty-million of John Creasey’s Crime novels have been published.
‘What will they send me next!’ said Edmund Hillary’s gym instructor of the puny school boy now known as the man who conquered Mount Everest.
‘Balding, skinny, can dance a little,’ they said of Fred Astaire at his first audition.
Beethoven’s music teacher declared him ‘hopeless’ at composing.
Albert Einstein’s parents feared he was sub-normal.
“I think I may say without contradiction that when the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it, and no more will be heard of it.” -Professor Erasmus Wilson of Oxford University
We know One who chose to come to us years ago. He was not just an ordinary visitor. He was “God in flesh who chose to dwell among us”. He was by nature gentle. His power to heal the sick was phenomenal. And, He demonstrated that He could also raise the dead. He was great with children and He had a way of making the poor and common folks feel like they were extra special. He literally gave His life to pay for all the sins and rebellion of all who believed in Him.
And yet, He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Next time you are feeling the pain of rejection, reflect on our Lord Jesus who “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.”
Even though men tried to destroy Him and His power to save, they could not! He conquered death and gives to each of us that trust Him the power to be “more than Conquerors!”