The Pain of Rejection
“While they were reclining at the table eating, [Jesus] said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.’” (Mark 14:18 NIV)
One of the most painful things in life is to be let down by someone you have trusted and in whom you have confided. Perhaps the person has rejected you, and you feel betrayed.
Jesus also went through the pain of rejection when he came to this earth. The Bible says that “he came unto his own and his own received him not” (John 1:11 KJV). This is speaking of humanity in general, but even his closest followers—the 12 disciples he himself had chosen—failed him in his most difficult moments; and one even betrayed him. Psalm 41, a prophetic, Messianic Psalm, expresses the painfulness of Jesus’ betrayal at the hands of Judas Iscariot and also expresses the sentiment of anyone who has had a close person turn on them. It says: “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me” (Psalm 41:9 NIV).
Thank God that Jesus can sympathize with what we go through. He not only comforts us in our pain, but he is also a “friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV), both in time of blessing and in time of trial. If you are going through the painful severing of a relationship right now, God wants to remind you that he loves you and he has promised, though mother or father [or brother or sister or friend] abandon you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.