Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. — Isaiah 53:1-3 (NIV)
The attraction to Jesus is not a natural one. The Savior — Jesus — would be “a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” He was “despised and rejected…and…held in low esteem.” Not exactly what you’d expect of a great hero and Savior of all mankind. Alexander the Great, George Washington, Martin Luther King…our heroes and “saviors” cut a towering figure in history. Strong and noble, they are admired and well esteemed (highly thought of). But Jesus was despised and rejected…born not in a palace, but a food trough. Heralded by shepherds not the New York Times…Jesus was acquainted with sorrow, familiar with pain, keenly aware of the sting of accusation and the stab of mocking.
Jesus “too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death…For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:14-15,17-18
Give thanks for Jesus — broke