Scripture: Mark 15:1-20
Have you been rejected? It never feels good. In fact, it really hurts.
Jesus knows this pain and he welcomes you to bring it all to him. He cares about you and your pain.
Questioned & Accused
Jesus delivered to Pontius Pilate the Roman governor.
Pilate asks the Crowd what they want done with Jesus. They shout “Crucify Him!”
Beaten & Mocked
Jesus is Mocked and beaten by Roman soldiers
Jesus was Rejected
The Jewish Sanhedrin rejected Jesus because
1. He was a threat to their power
2. He did not fit their ideal of a warring messiah King
3. He exposed them and showed their true hypocritical nature – their sin and shallow obedience to law
The Jewish Crowd rejected Jesus and choose Barabbas instead because:
1. They were disappointed in Jesus as Messiah
2. They wanted a violent patriot instead of a serving spiritual leader
The Roman Soldiers rejected Jesus – they didn’t care about a Jewish messiah, but they tasted blood and joined in the violence.
How do you respond when someone falsely accuses you? Do you get angry, fight back, argue, defend yourself? God tells us to leave vengeance to him. To respond to hatred with love. This is something we can only do through the Holy Spirit in us.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32)
Have you been rejected by your family or people you counted as friends? Jesus knows how you feel.
Jesus is everything you need. He will never let you down. He will never leave you alone. He also gives us a new family – the church where we can be loved, accepted, encouraged, and helped to grow.
Have you rejected Jesus as Son of God and your Savior?
Will you listen to religion; listen to the majority; listen to the people around you?
Or will you listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit calling you to repent of your sins and accept Jesus as you king and Savior?
If you have trusted him as your Savior, are you still rejecting him daily?
When you hurting, lost, looking for answers – where do you turn? Experts or therapists?
Are you running to other people to tell you you are loved and good enough? Family, friends?
Are you still choosing things to make you feel better – buying more stuff, drinking, eating, inhaling, something to take away the pain, the guilt, the heart ache? Jesus promises to fill all of those needs and to give you real peace, real comfort, real belonging, real love.