Not Ashamed

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3).

Isaiah prophesied of Jesus’s coming and gave ample descriptions, of the life that he would live. He grew up like a young plant, like a root out of a dry ground, with no form or majesty that we should look at him, or any beauty that we should esteem him. He was despised, rejected, sorrowful, grief stricken and people hid their faces from him. Jesus was pierced and crushed by our sins, he took on chastisement so that we can have peace and his wounds brought us healing. He was oppressed and afflicted, judged a sinner and cut off from the earth.

He was crucified among the wicked although he committed no sins. “Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12). Jesus was made a public spectacle in front of people, a public display of martyrdom. He was not afraid to die, although he asked God if his cup could pass. His blood was poured out for for the guilty, although he was guiltless.

People hated Jesus although he went about doing good. The devil hates us and anyone who belongs to God. He will use circumstances to create dysfunctions and shame. Many communities historically used shame based forms of parenting styles to raise children. The idea is that the child would change their behaviour, through having negative thoughts and feelings about themselves. The reality is that this concept does not work and what it does, is to create low self-esteem and people with dysfunctional patterns. The alternative to shame based parenting is positive parenting. This is where a parent focuses on the positive attributes and strengths of a child.

My point in explaining this concept is that, many adults are walking around daily with feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy. These emotions were often generated in childhood, from negative parenting styles and have remained into adulthood. The good news is that our God knows what it feels like to be despised and rejected. He took quite a beating leading to his crucifixion. He was mocked, jeered, scorned and disdained. He can relate to our negative emotions and he died to set us free from guilt and shame. “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).

A.P.-Y.

16 thoughts on “Not Ashamed

  1. “He died to set us free from guilt and shame. ” Thank you for this encouraging reminder of His underserved, amazing grace Anetta.

    Yet, sometimes when life’s clouds begin to gather, I find myself wanting to shoulder my sins’ baggage on my own, a subtle egocentric indicator of my lack of faith in Him to accomplish what I cannot . . . forgive myself.

    At such times I rebuke our enemy in Jesus name, and remember a quote by Brennan Manning, a defrocked Franciscan priest . . .

    “He loves me just as I am, not as I should be.”

    I M blessed . . . May U B 2 sister

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  2. I’m a psych major, so I understand conditioning/response…whether negative or positive. This was such a beneficial teaching for me as a parent, because I learned to richly reward positive behaviors, instead of just punishing my children for their faults and failures!

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      1. Indeed! I Had to get all of the loose ends tied up for Autumn Quarter and Allie’s return trip to the University. We made it a getaway for everybody and the boys got a chance to visit a new theme park and ride the thrill rides. It was very nice💕

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  3. Interesting view. It is true that Jesus knows what we feel (Hebrews 4:15) having experienced the rejection of people in his world.
    It is always good for us to remember his struggle, and the fire that he went through for us.
    Great insight.
    God bless!

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