DESPISED - &
He is despised and rejected of men …
the above verse
the Messiah is spoken of as
disdained or scorned. And when on
earth, He certainly was that. Men hurled every conceivable kind of
insult at Jesus:-
referred to Him as a glutton and drunkard -
the One who at times hungered and thirsted for
attributed collusion with Beelzebub to Him - the One who had
come to undo the works of the devil and who performed His
miracles in the power of the Spirit of God,
sniggered at Him, with obvious innuendo,
were not born of fornication'-
the One who was
born of a virgin,
sneered at Him, 'Thou
art a Samaritan'-
at the One who was of the royal
house of Israel,
scoffed at Him, 'You
have a demon'-
at the One who cast out unclean
spirits with absolute authority,
branded Him as 'that
- the One
who was everything He claimed to be and the very 'truth' itself,
No insult or
term of contempt was too bad for Him. He was well and truly 'despised'.
But not just
despised, but also He was
('abandoned by rulers and persons of rank').
The word 'rejected'
is derived from the verb 'to cease,
to leave off' and probably indicates that men of importance held
themselves aloof from Him. They kept their distance and refused to
associate themselves with Him.
could fling at their officers the challenge, 'Have
any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?',
Jesus received no assistance or support from the chief men in
He was 'rejected'
by the men 'in
his own country',
and by His own people generally,
He is described as “a
man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. His life was
characterised by sorrow. Sorrow that though He was in the world He
had created, He was not recognised that He was God manifest in the
flesh. Sorrow that He was rejected, not just by the Samaritans, but
also by His own people. Sorrow that His own family didn’t believe in
Him (Mat. 13:55-56). Sorrow when He saw
how people suffered because of sin (John
11:35). He was grieved at the hardness of people’s hearts (Mar.
3:5), at the slowness of the disciples to understand (Mar.
8:21). Judas betrayed Him; Peter denied Him. He was
acquainted with grief.
We have been
on account of Him who was rejected by men!