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Rejections

There is no person living or dead that has been rejected like Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Throughout Scripture Jesus was rejected time and time again. A few examples are:
1. Rejected in his hometown. Luke 4:16-30, Jesus is rejected by the people of his hometown of Nazareth when he preaches in the synagogue there.
2. Rejection by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Religious leaders like the Pharisees and Sadducees repeatedly reject Jesus’ teachings and challenge his authority.
3. Rejection by his own family. In Mark 3:20-21, it’s mentioned that Jesus’ own family thought he was out of his mind and tried to take him away.
4. Rejection in Jerusalem. Jesus faced rejection in Jerusalem, particularly during the events leading up to his crucifixion, as he clashed with religious authorities and faced opposition from some segments of the population. Luke 13:34:” O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
5. Judas’ Betrayal. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, famously betrayed him to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver, leading to Jesus’ arrest and eventual crucifixion.
In addition to the rejection mentioned in the Scriptures, we see Jesus rejected every day from our classrooms, workplaces, traditions, politics, families, entertainment, and even our religion. No other name on earth (not even Donald Trump) can polarize a crowd like the name Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, all of us will experience rejection in our lives. Experiencing rejection affects us emotionally and physically. And, if we harbor unforgiveness in it, it will also affect us spiritually.

Rejection can trigger a range of emotions, including sadness, frustration, anger, and even shame or embarrassment. It can lower self-esteem and trigger feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy. However, everyone responds differently, and the impact depends on factors like past experiences, coping mechanisms, and support systems.

Past life experiences tempt us to look at the world though a filter of rejection. Even when others are not rejecting us, we feel rejected. Often people that have experienced significant rejection in their lives believe that disagreeing with them is a form of rejection. They are unable to separate themselves from the topic and take the disagreement of ideas personally. Going through the journey of healing from our past hurts and disappointments allows us to see things from a healthy perspective.

When we experience rejection, our bodies often react physically with a stress response. This can trigger the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, tense muscles, and shallow breathing. Additionally, rejection can activate brain regions associated with physical pain, leading to feelings of discomfort or even anguish. Over time, chronic stress from repeated rejection can weaken the immune system, increase inflammation, and contribute to various health issues such as depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular problems.

Experiencing rejection is undoubtedly challenging, but there are a few things you can do to navigate the hurt.
1. Trust in God’s Plan. Understand that rejection may be part of God’s plan for your life. Overcoming rejections increases our reliance on Him and helps us better understand the life of Jesus.
2. Practice Forgiveness. If the rejection involves another person, practice forgiveness as Jesus taught in Matthew 6:14-15. Holding onto resentment can weigh heavily on your spirit.
3. Use the experience as an opportunity for personal growth and reflection.
4. Stay Hopeful. Remember that rejection is not the end of your story. Keep faith in God’s promises and remain hopeful for what lies ahead.

If you are experiencing rejection in your life, Journey U can help. Our curriculum series Trace Modeling: Tracing Back Negative Life Patterns So You Are Free to Move Forward will help you recognize the past hurts, traumas, and disappointments and give you practical life application to overcome those hurts to walk in the freedom of hope and wholeness. To register for classes, go to www.JourneyU.org.

By Laura Bradshaw
Image by Elyas Pasban