Despised: (He carried our sorrows.(click for more) “Three more days, and it would have been over.  You were supposed to die,” she moaned.  Then her temper flared. “I hate God for the day he saved you!”  

The words hit Robert hard.  His mind reeled for a response.  “No,” he spoke softly. “You can’t mean that.”

“Oh, but I do,” Eve’s eyes flared, becoming wide in fury.  “I can’t take it anymore.”  She paused.  “Robert, I’ve had enough.  You’re no good.  You’re god is not helping you.  You should curse him too.”

Isa 53:3-7, Heb 12:1-3: “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

At times, life is hard, and people who are angry can be cruel. But there is one who has suffered more than you or I ever will. We think of the crucifixion of Jesus and acknowledge His painful and torturous death. He took our place so that we can know healing and be free from distress.

Have you considered the life of rejection that Jesus endured in love?

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