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“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…” (Isaiah 53:3 ESV)
Sometimes I stop and think about what living in this world was like for Jesus. I mean let’s be honest, it could not have been easy, but it is understandable.
Let’s think about this: He was without sin.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 ESV)
While it sounds like a life that would encompass no problems, it must have been pretty tormenting.
Jesus is the one sinless Man walking the earth among those who are all sinners. He was odd, sticking out morally like a sore thumb. He was never fitting in with any group, not even His own family.
Let’s take a look at Matthew 13 verses 55-58 when Jesus was being rejected at Nazareth:
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? Are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things? And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (ESV)
His siblings must have grown to be self-conscious and aware of their own sinful behaviors, when around Him. You would think some kind of resentments arose. But nothing was truly harmonious because not even his own brothers believed in Him.
For not even his brothers believed in Him. (John 7:5 ESV)
No human being could put an arm around Yeshua as He felt lonely, and comfort Him with the words, “I know what you are going through.” No one.
So, this brings us to this question: what loneliness you have been feeling? Not only can Jesus relate to it, but He is destroying it. He destroyed it the moment that He died on that cross.
You are not a stranger. You are a citizen of heaven with the saints. You are a member of God’s family.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20 ESV)
This is not to say that you and I won’t experience loneliness. You will. I will. We will experience dry seasons; times of drought. We will feel like we have no human that can relate to us or talk to us. But we have to remember Jesus can relate. And that is enough.
Remember, following Christ means suffering with Him and suffering what He suffered.
What better person to understand our suffering, than God Himself?
Man may leave you, but God never will. [click-to-tweet]
If you are feeling lonely right now, feeling that you have no one to turn to, just remember that Jesus went through it too. He knows that you are feeling this way. Maybe He is trying to draw you closer to Him. Maybe your closest friend will appear in the midst of your loneliest time. Just remember there is a time and a season for everything, even your sufferings.
Turn to the Lord in your loneliness. Believe me; He gets it.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that i desire besides you. My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:23-28 ESV)