DayBreaks for 07/01/11 – The Son of Man Must Suffer
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Luke 9:22 – “And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
Why was it so hard for people to accept Jesus in his day? Why is it so hard today? Perhaps the clue is in this verse. We need to look closely at what this verse said about Jesus. It was necessary for him to suffer many things and be rejected. As Jurgen Moltmann put it in The Crucified God: “To suffer and be rejected are not identical. Suffering can be celebrated and admired. It can arouse compassion. But to be rejected takes away the dignity from suffering and makes it dishonorable suffering. To suffer and be rejected signify the cross.”
It is fairly easy for people to be drawn to those who suffer for a good cause. Consider Mother Theresa as an example – she suffered in many ways through self-denial and was perhaps one of the most admired women of the 20th century. I have never in my life heard anyone say anything negative about Mother Theresa and her single-minded devotion to serving humanity. But how would we have felt about her if she was also rejected by virtually everyone except for a small band of 12 followers (who ran and hid when she died)?
Persecution is all about rejection. And Jesus warned us that we would be persecuted – clearly implying that his followers would be rejected. After all, if we are to walk in His footsteps and he was rejected – can we expect any less? In fact, wouldn’t you think that it would be a sign of a disciple?
How eager are you to earn the acceptance of those around you? Are you so eager for their acceptance that you hide your allegiance to Christ to avoid their rejection?
The Son of man was rejected because it was necessary in order to maintain his holiness. If we are to be His followers, we must be ready to accept rejection as well.
Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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