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. ~ Isaiah 53:3
Anti-bullying is the catchphrase of our day. My children endure anti-bullying rallies regularly at their schools. But bullying is not a new thing. It has been around since the days of Cain and Abel. And we will all endure some form of bullying in our life time.
Jesus understood bullying. He has experienced it too. He was familiar with rejection. He knew what it was to suffer and feel pain. God came near in the Person of Jesus Christ and experienced the same pain and suffering we experience in our own lives. And, yet, in Christ’s greatest moment of pain, we despised Him.
Isaiah says we “held him in low esteem”. In other words, we looked down on Him. We saw His pain and suffering as a form of failure, and we turned on Him. We became the bullies. We needed Someone to come and stand up for us. We wanted Someone to come and heal our hurts. But, when He came, we rejected Him. We despised Him. We killed Him.
Advent is a time of hope. We are preparing to celebrate the birth of the Anti-Bully, Jesus Christ. We have an opportunity this Christmas to become anti-bullies too. Instead of rejecting Christ, receive Him. Instead of despising Him, embrace Him. Instead of killing Him, welcome the Author of Life into your heart and home.