Have you ever been stood up? Turned down? Laid off? Rejected?
If you have, you might relate to the Christmas Story.
The Scandal of the Manger involved Rejection:
(vv.7, 12, 16)
John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away
the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Isaiah: “He was despised and rejected by men.” (Isaiah 53:3)
Jesus: “But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by
this generation.” (Luke 17:25)
“One man’s rejects are the Son of Man’s treasures!”
Jesus proclaimed (Luke 4:18-1):
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”