020 | Rejection into Glory

Sally's fear of rejection kept her from making friends at lunch.

"Jesus quoted this verse at the end of his parable about the evil tenants (Matthew 21:23-46). His point? That he, Jesus, was the stone the religious leaders had rejected but whom God would make into the cornerstone (capstone) of his church."

Whitney Kuniholm wrote this in his reflection on Psalm 118:22. I am journaling through his book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story. This is the 20th passage of the 100 that are outlined in this book and the last of the 5 Psalm previews of Jesus that Kuniholm included.

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:22-23)
Here we have another preview of the Messiah in the Psalms of the Old Testament. A statement about the coming savior that was fulfilled in Christ. Jesus was rejected.

Think about it. I don't care who you are or how old you are, all of us have dealt with rejection in one form or another. Rejected socially, professionally, by enemies, by friends, by loved ones, we have all been there. It is part of this fallen world. Rejection has shaped our personalities and our character in ways many of us would probably not even admit. We have all reacted and dealt with rejection in different ways. No one in this world can escape rejection.

These verses point to what I would call the greatest act of rejection in human history. God sent his Son to earth to redeem humankind, to create a way for all people to enter into a close relationship with Himself, but they rejected him. Led by the leaders of the time and teachers of the Scriptures the people rejected Jesus. Those who God called his people rejected his Son and executed Jesus in the most torturous way. In the very face of this rejection Jesus hung on a cross with the sin of the world on his shoulders, the very sin of those who were rejecting him.

These verses also point to the greatest transformation in history. In Jesus God turned rejection into glory. The rejected One was raised by God to the highest place.

I find profound comfort and encouragement in this transformation of rejection into glory. Our rejection, my rejection, is being transformed into glory, in Christ Jesus. It is marvelous in my eyes. Rejection is being redeemed into glory.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ... Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:4-5, 10)
I like the way Eugene H. Peterson put verse 9-10 in his paraphrased version of the Bible.
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9-10, The Message)
Accepted by God.



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Illustration credit: The above illustration was created by JC. Visit her on the web at JC's Coffeehouse. This illustration is from her post titled "Rejection" which was followed up with another post titled "Acceptance". Great illustration blog. Check it out!

11 comments:

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  2. It's a touching topic. I'm inspired by it.

    I realized that my rejections were nothing compared to the Christ's Rejection that though we rejected Him, He still loves us no matter what. Jesus Loves us Always. And that though we have been rejected by people, It also means that God will do something new and He will use us as His Holy Instruments. And also He'll bless you with the Peace that only comes from our Lord Christ Jesus.

    And also we shouldn't worry about losing or rejecting friends for we have Jesus as Lord and Savior, God, Our Father. We should thank God that He loved us and gave His Son for us to die for our sins. He also gave us people who will accept us for our faith. Still, we should thank God that He loves us and there are people out there who also love us no matter what.
    All is worth it at the end.
    Christ Jesus is the Lord of my life, always.
    I'm blessed by this blog post.

    God bless and to Christ Jesus be the glory always.

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  3. Looking on rejection from a different angle ist very refreshing. Thank you for this new view... Blessings Rainer

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  4. I respond more negatively to rejection than most any other affront to my ego and pride. Thanks for the reminder of how much rejection our Savior endured for us. It's overwhelmingly humbling. Stumbled for others.

    Grace and Peace.

    Tony

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  5. Being a writer and a human being, rejection is a way of life. We must learn to deal with it or else it will deal with us.

    peace,
    mike
    livelife365
    Do You Believe?

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  6. I have subscribed to your blog via Feedburner email and I have also added your blog to my Technorati favorites. I am also linking your blog to my blogroll at Reflections- A Christian Blog. I do hope you will kindly reciprocate my gestures. Thank you so much for your excellent post. God bless you more.

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  7. What a great reminder... thanks :)

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  8. Hi Brad,
    I just noticed your message on my blog and did not know about this post until today. Wow, I'm honored you chose this illustration for this great message. It seemed like ages ago when I did this piece (I'm still very new at photoshop to this day!). Anyway, thanks for letting me know about it and giving credit. May the Lord continually bless you as you serve Him!

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  9. He was not only rejected, He was disowned. In the light of the terrible rejections He received from the very people He came to save, His anguish and loneliness must have been so great. He felt so alone on the cross seemingly abandoned by His beloved Father and totally disowned by His own. That is why He uttered the classic phrase, "My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?" Thanks for the exquisite and inspired post. God bless you always.

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  10. Amazing post, Jesus faced the worst form of rejection. Not only did man reject Him, but Abba rejected Him on the cross.

    Here's a link to how Abba dealt/ is dealing with rejection in my life.

    http://www.imrah.org/2008/02/you-are-highly-favored/

    Love Sid

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  11. I just got rejected today real bad. Also yesterday. I said hi to someone and they did 'you know what'. BUT, I'm getting over that. When I asked God for council, he helped me. And he'll do it for you too.

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