He Was Despised and Rejected…

By Patrick Hawthorne

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He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him. (Isaiah 53:3 Amplified)

 

As I read the above verse, I was struck in my spirit with deep sadness.  Yes, mankind has despised, rejected, and forsaken our Lord Jesus; that is to be expected due to man’s fallen nature.  But, that was not what caused me to pause.  Sadness washed over me as I meditated on the latter portion which read, “…and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.”

Isaiah was writing to the Jewish people alone…or was he?  It was with sadness that I realized that I was guilty of not giving my Lord the respect and the appreciation that is due Him.  I could write this post in a manner that would point my finger at the entire Church – the Body of Christ- but that would only serve as an attempt to minimize my own guilt; to focus attention away from my own shame by projecting it upon you, the reader.

Please do not misunderstand my intent.  I am not wallowing in self condemnation or pity.  For that matter, I thank the Holy Spirit for loving me so much to give me a nudge of a wake-up conviction; He is allowing me to judge myself and to make the proper course correction.  You see, as we progress in our walk with the Lord, our tendency is to become complacent, to take for granted the awe-inspiring price that was paid for each of us.

Think about this next portion.  Please don’t skim over it with a casual indifference.  “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement needful to obtain peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him we are healed and made whole.” (Isaiah 53:5).

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, did that for us.  He took the wrath of God meant for us.  At the cost of a whip that laid open His back, Jesus suffered so that we could lay claim to promises such as Psalm’s 91:10, “There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.”

If you identify with this article, that is a good thing.  It means the Holy Spirit is speaking to you as He did to me.  Take this opportunity to think about the goodness of our Lord Jesus and to remember why you fell in love with Him in the first place.  Bring back to your remembrance the old you before meeting Jesus and the new you after meeting Jesus.  Be blessed.

 

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13 comments on “He Was Despised and Rejected…
  1. anitvan says:

    Yeah. Scripture speaks of repentance as a gift of God – His work, not ours – so it should be no wonder that sorrow over sin causes the Christian to rejoice, for we know that when we feel sorrow for our sin, that is precisely when God is lavishing His gifts upon us!

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Patrick, kudos to your recent writings on the justified wrath of God. You have showed much fortitude writing on this when so many want to poo poo the very concept away.

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    • I just sense in my spirit that the Lord is doing some house cleaning. Those who want to play church seem to be falling away while those who ARE the Church are going through a pruning process.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Yep, I concur. This narrative about how the Christian church is shrinking is a false one. These fans are falling away, while the followers are remaining, and even those are being honed into shape.

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      • anitvan says:

        Depending on how you look at the numbers, Christianity can be said to be shrinking. But again, this need not cause us to despair that the church “isn’t working”. It’s not a crisis. (Noticing a theme here…)

        The church is working. She is doing what she has always done, preaching the Gospel to sinners, *in season* AND *out*.

        There can be no doubt that we are currently living in an “out” season. The church (where she truly continues to exist) continues to preach the Gospel, but the ears of this age will not hear it. Again, this should not be a surprise to us, and indeed Jesus tells us explicitly in the Revelation to John that when we see these things, we should not lose hope. He gives us a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, and what He reveals is that no matter what it looks like in our present age (and in this age, it sure looks like Christianity is failing, at least in the Western world), behind the curtain, Jesus is reigning on His throne! That is the reality we need to keep front and centre.

        Sadly, I think much of the church has forgotten this reality. In an effort to “grow the church” how much Scripture has been watered down, twisted and out and out denied in an effort to cater to the spirit of this age?

        Remember too, that the church in other parts of the world is growing exponentially. In some parts of the world, people are awakening to a ravenous hunger for God’s word. They can’t get enough of it! The church is certainly “working” there – we just don’t look beyond our own noses often enough to notice it.

        The point is, things are not as they seem. The devil would tempt is to put our trust in the things that we see – *The church is shrinking! She must change or die!* – and we’re buying into it!!!

        Jesus assures us that the reality behind the curtain is the one that matters. Behind the curtain, where Jesus reigns, everything is prepared.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Well, when talking to Peter, Jesus promised the perpetuity of His church, and that not even the gates of Hell would prevail against it. That is good enough for me. Because as you pointed out, this excessive focus on growing the numbers at the expense of truth is harming vastly. I can only speak to my own experience, but it wasn’t the few “fluffy” churches I ever went to that caused my heart to be pricked so that I answered, but the one that told me as it is.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    That was a very deep point about we did appreciate His worth nor esteem Him. Very moving.

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  5. I think about this EVERY day, Patrick! God bless you for a further remembrance!!! God bless you greatly! ❤

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