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December 11, 2018, 1:31 PM

December 12, 2018

“He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” Isaiah 53:3

What does the term ridicule mean? It is speech or action intended to cause mockery or sarcasm toward another person. We have all experienced ridicule in one form or another. Ridicule usually happens when people do not know or understand the entire story. What about Mary? Consider the ridicule she must have faced as she desired to please God and fulfill His calling. We can only imagine the chatter that must have been flooding the community. Yet, among all the chatter, the people were expressing their opinions rather than God’s plan.

What about Joseph? What was the “town talk” concerning him? Why would he continue to stay with that woman? Why did he not put her away, or better, have her stoned? According to the Law, Joseph had every right to break the relationship. However, to the surprise of the community, he would marry her. What was the peace surrounding the situation for Mary and Joseph? They both knew, through separate but similar revelation, that they were accomplishing the will of God regardless of the opinion of the people. Even though they were ridiculed, they would remain faithful to God and serve Him completely. Do we live our lives with the same conviction?

What about Jesus? Did He live with constant ridicule concerning His earthly parents? Did the other children express things they had heard about His parents? The sad part of the whole story is that the community nor the nation had any real understanding of the magnitude of the moment. Jesus came for His own people only to face rejection and ridicule from them. Yet, because of His unending love, He would be the suffering Lamb of God. The passage above clearly reminds us that Jesus, as prophesied by Isaiah, was despised, rejected and familiar with suffering. He lived a life of rejection and finally, according to Luke 23:10-11, “the chief priests and the teachers of the Law were standing there vehemently accusing Him; then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked Him by placing an elegant robe on Him”. They eventually crucified the only One who could provide salvation. Then Jesus, even through a life of constant ridicule, said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

May God’s blessings be yours in abundance this week as you diligently follow Him even though doing so may bring you rejection and ridicule!

                                                                                                        Merry Christmas,

                                                                                                                 Brad and Virginia

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