|Rejection For A Purpose
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Yesterday devotion started with the story of how Joseph was rejected by his brothers as even a family member. Yet even though one desired to protect his brother he was unable to completely. Joseph rejection enabled him to see many things without the protection of his father or brothers. He even landed up in jail because of false accusation of sexual assault against his bosses wife. He did not seem like a likely leader, but he even was liked by prisoners and guards. He even explained vision two men in jail had, One would die the next day, while the other was prophesied a raise. Yet the man with the raise in position did not tell anyone about Joseph until the king began to have dreams he could not understand. The man told the king about Joseph and the king brought him out of prison for him to hear his dream. Joseph with wisdom of God interpret the dream and the pharoah set him about all the food of land.
Joseph rejection was for a purpose. Christ rejection would be for a purpose. Without the religious leaders rejecting the Messiah, he could and would never pay for sin. A perfect sacrifice had to be given for remission of sins. Each year a lamb or bull was sacrificed for sin of the nation. Yet Christ being crucified would be for the world, not just for the nation of Israel.
Rejection of any kind sounds bad when the person did nothing wrong. Yet when a person in the wrong rejection always seems right. God knew for His Son to rise in power to be resurrected then the religious leaders would have to reject his teaching and his miracles. If you ever watch wrestling, the crowd loves to hate certain wrestlers. Though these wrestlers are hated they have money and a fan club. It sounds insane for no one is to like villain. Yet people do like the enemy. Jesus became enemy to the religious leaders to the point they wanted him dead. He was taking their money from their sanctuary with his teaching, though he taught what they did, yet in a way the people of the world could understand it.
One of the hardest things a church goes through is to modern day teacher, and having people who rather do everything old school style. There nothing wrong with old school, nothing wrong with straight teaching as tradition. Yet when the people are looking for answers the teacher has to dig a little deeper for answers to feed the flock. It is when one only looks at it from the side of the good guy that one never sees why evil is bad.
Yet the evil done to Joseph might look bad it often a treasured story of victory. Jesus death look bad, but it is a treasure story of victory. Jesus did not stay in the tomb though rejected by religious leaders. He rose to victory and defeat the enemy, for even some of religious even follow Jesus after that.
Jesus suffering came with a price of victory. Sometimes human suffering comes with a price of victory. No one wants to see the bad guy triumph. Yet sometimes the bad guy is the good guy. Everyone enjoyed the A-Team that watched it because those running from the law was on the side of the law. Yet their innocent could not be proven, and so they were on the run. Yet I like think that the finale episode ended with them getting their freedom, but I can not remember. It was not my pass time of shows. Yet there is a point. The A-Team did a lot of good, while their waited for amnesty. If they died they would not rise again, so all they could do was wait it out running from Jesus was wanted for crimes of claiming he was God or equal to God. The Jewish law taught against this. Yet Jesus was only telling who He truly was. Only through His resurrection could he prove to the leaders that they were wrong. It would take their rejection to prove this. Yet Pilot washed his hands of the whole mess. A leader of the people, not of religious realm. The world looks on to the innocent never seeing the crime, but unless Jesus could prove who He was in away the leaders understood, then all would be lost of his ministry. Up from the grave he arose taking away the sins of the world. And placing it on his shoulders to have the sins of denial of who he was, buried and aken from the people after He rose from the grave. No longer the mystery of who Jesus truly was, for He was seen for who he was for over forty days after his death, talking with his disciples.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the allowing the rejection of your Son for our benefit and our healing. Knowing you allow suffering to have victory. In Jesus precious name, Amen.