18th May 2012

Jesus Remembers Us When We Are Rejected

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of God?’”
John 9:35 (NKJV)

When those around us reject us, Jesus remembers us and seeks us out.

Jesus had healed a man who had been blind from birth. The Pharisees were appalled because this healing happened on the Sabbath. Some of them said of Jesus, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath” (9:16). “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” said others. The healed man continued to testify of how Jesus had worked in his life. His testimony infuriated the religious leaders and they made a joint decision to cast him out of the fellowship of the synagogue.

There are times when we may be rejected because of our faith in Christ. Perhaps we bring such persecution on ourselves by being offensive in word or in deed. Or perhaps we suffer “as a Christian” (1 Peter 4:16). There is hostility to Jesus and those who follow Him. We too can be pushed out just as the new believer was in the story above.

No matter what the cause of the rejection, even if we have brought it on ourselves in some way, Jesus finds us and seeks to restore us to Him. Sometimes rejection can cause a crisis of faith. When it does, Jesus is still there so we can say again with the healed beggar, “Lord, I believe” (9:38).

Please be assured that Jesus has not given up on you. Maybe others have. Maybe you have been rejected by your community, your family, your friends, your colleagues, even your church. If so, Jesus has more grace. He finds you, and his desire is to restore you.

Jesus finds us always.

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, that you find me when I am rejected. Thank you that you restore me, and build me up again.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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