Why Is Jesus asking why? – in His deepest, darkest moment??????
Rejected – Defective.
Unwanted – Unloved.
Discarded – Throw Away.
Something wrong with me.
Not good enough – Inadequate.
Do any of these words describe your feelings or your experiences and the messages you have received in life? Have you ever been rejected by someone close to you, perhaps one or both of your parents?
How many of us have been forsaken by:
And we are left wondering what is wrong with us? Why did this happen to me? Am I forever defined by rejection? Will I always carry this pain and fear and need to protect myself from being hurt again?
Jesus’ Personal Identification With Rejection:
Jesus was affirmed by His Father at different times in His ministry, saying the words so many of us long to hear, “This is My Son (or daughter), in whom I am well pleased.” So how can He identify with us?
But Jesus also chose to hang on the cross, in His deepest darkest hour, carrying all of our sins in His own body, as our Savior who ‘knew NO sin, was made to BE sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God,’ (2 Cor. 5:21).
Christ hung there, feeling totally forsaken, rejected and abandoned – as if His Father was never going to come back again, crying out, “Why have YOU forsaken ME?” (Psalm 22:1)
Christ chose to fulfill prophecy, hanging on the cross crying out to His Father, “My God, My God, WHY?” – asking the very same question our hearts ask… after Jesus has:
In His humanity, Jesus went through this excruciating experience:
And in His divinity:
a. Based on what HE has done FOR YOU
b. NOT what others have done TO you
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for choosing to fulfill prophecy, going through the pain of rejection as You hung on the cross, so You could embrace all my rejection, and all the ways I’ve tried to numb my pain of rejection…
So You could rise again to fulfill Your mission statement to:
In Your Name Jesus, Amen.
How can Jesus relate to parents struggling with a sense of failure, disappointment, anxiety and/or worry about their children when their children have been hurt, betrayed, abused or not walking with the Lord?