Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

When I was in the 7th grade, I decided to go out for the wrestling team. I knew I was strong and I had energy to burn.  Little did I know how strong I had to be and how much energy I was about to burn. There were a couple of times during the season I wanted to quit because I kept losing, but my coach insisted I was doing well for a beginner. So, I stuck with in and at the end of the season I finally won one match.

In this verse, Isaiah was speaking about Jesus and what was to come as if it had already happened. He was giving the people something to hope for through his prophesy.  However, in this particular verse, he was speaking on how Jesus would come and not be accepted. Jesus was rejected by many and hated by most. Yet, he knew he had a mission to still die for even their sins and set them free, whether they knew it or not.  Nothing deterred him from fulfilling his mission.

Though he felt all of the things we feel on a daily basis:  hunger, emotions, pains, setbacks, fatigue, etc… He went on anyway. Even on the cross he could have easily come down and said it was too much and would have been well within his rights, but it was not his own will he was thinking about.

So… if Jesus had to endure all of these things and still die for us, what makes us think life isn’t going to throw things at us?  What makes us think people aren’t going to talk about us or be out for our demise? What makes us think situations won’t arise and our flesh won’t be tested?

I charge us today. When the road get tough and your self esteem gets low and things just aren’t going right, think about Jesus and what he did despite everything else.  The one person who did not deserve any of what happened to him died for us all. Drive on today in Jesus name.  Be blessed.

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