19th February 2011

Jesus Finds Us

“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’ Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.”
John 9:35-38 (NIV UK)

Do you ever feel rejected? Probably we all do from time to time. In this throw-away society it is often people who are rejected and discarded like yesterday’s rubbish.

The background to the passage above involved a blind man who had been healed by Jesus on the Sabbath. This infuriated the Pharisees. After all, they argued, had not man been made for the Sabbath? They had already decided that anyone who confessed that Jesus was the Christ, would be put out of the synagogue. So when the healed man witnessed to what Christ had done, the Pharisees protested that he was a disciple of Jesus more than of Moses, and forcefully threw him out.

I remember once being rejected by a church. It was long ago and it was over a point of doctrine. I did not accept the Calvinist views about the elect and the lost, and I preached that in the mercy of Christ there must be hope for the dead who had not heard the gospel. This upset the leaders and I was removed from the pulpit. I left the church hall defiantly, slamming the door after me. I know now that, even though they had rejected me and I them, Jesus had rejected no one.

In our dysfunctional communities, despite social networks and hobby groups and everyone just wanting to have fun, it is commonplace to feel alone and rejected. Maybe you feel that way sometimes—or often. Jesus, who himself “was despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3), understands and holds his hand out to help you through your darkest moments, the bad times as well as the good.

Just as he found the man thrown out by the Pharisees, so Jesus finds us, comforts us, and renews our faith in him.

Compassionate Father, thank you that your Son finds me when I feel rejected and alone. I know sometimes I bring problems on myself, and at other times I am treated unfairly, but you are always there, always comforting, always providing hope. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson 

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