Luke 10:13-16, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”
When one commits their life to Jesus, we do so celebrating the blessings we have and accepting any future task without limit. Those who come to Jesus, expecting a free ride and little effort, have no idea what they are giving themselves to. The demands are high, and the rewards are beyond any request we could ever make. In this effort we are not left without resources or support from our Savior. Great leaders will always own the various tasks they give their followers, subordinates, and servants. Jesus here reminds his disciples that a rejection of their message is simply someone rejecting Him. For those doing His will we need to remember that rejection is part of the job. I have heard various ministers state that, “If we speak properly, that is humbly and lovingly, man will receive the message.” The false teaching there is that no one could possibly speak more humbly or lovingly than Jesus, and He died on a cross. Be sure to know that following Jesus will absolutely come with some sacrifice. (John 15:18)
The important thing to remember for us is that Jesus says this message belongs to Him and not to us. We have no need to amend it with a false sense of cultural sensitivity, which most often can be translated as cowardice. Changing the Word of God is never for the one who receives the message; it is always done to protect the messenger. Jesus reminds us that He alone takes all responsibility for the impact of the message. Man takes responsibility for the lack of impact.
In Acts 9 we find Saul knocked off of his donkey to hear a question, “Why have you persecuted me?” (Luke 9:4) Jesus takes very personally the treatment of His people. You can be sure that every insult, injustice or other form of trouble one receives from this world for the sake of Jesus will be dealt with by the Savior Himself. In understanding this we can know two things that will allow us to let Jesus assume our rejections.
The first is that only Jesus can take rejection and not be caught up by it. Satan gets a lot of mileage from rejection. We tend to take it personally, even when we academically know all of the facts involved. Satan can extrapolate miles of despair or discouragement. Jesus calls on us to let Him take it for us. “It might hurt me, but never hinder me.”
Psalms 35:1-2, “Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help.”
Next, only Jesus can correctly and justifiably respond to rejection. We most often are powerless to respond to it. Often our responses to rejection worsen the situation. We will never be able to read another person’s heart, as a result we will be sure to render an absolutely fair judgment. God will never render anything but a fair judgment. (Romans 2:2)
It is great to hear someone else say, “Let me worry about that.” If we suffer rejection, let Jesus deal with that. Let Him deal with those who would insult and belittle his children. I’m sure He can make the point clear to whoever has difficulty listening to His message.
Jesus has big shoulders. They bore a cross once, and they can bear our problems now. I am so thankful to have a Lord who is far above my problems, but loving enough to care about me.