Hebrews 12:3 (NASB) For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Just a quick reminder this evening. Who am I to think I don’t deserve the treatment I sometimes receive? I get so caught up in my own “worthiness” that I forget how Jesus was treated. I mean, He was perfect. Flawless. God. And He was scorned, abused, mistreated and shamed by those around him. He bore it all. For me. For you. He didn’t deserve one iota of it. He should have been worshiped. Should have been hanging in Heaven being ministered to by angels – and instead He came to earth to be beaten on, lied about and ultimately killed. He endured it all so that I would have hope. Wow.
I have a savior who understands exactly what it’s like to have people judge Him incorrectly. He knows what it’s like to be spoken of harshly. He’s been there. Done that. Living a blameless life didn’t exempt Him from being misunderstood, gossiped about, picked on or treated poorly. So why do I keep expecting that in my fallen self, I’m going to be loved by everyone? Why do I keep asking “why me”? Given how the Lord was received on Earth, I guess the better question would be “why not me”?
Thanks for the reminder not to lose heart Lord. I needed that.