Jesus was Bruised and Rejected

    How was Jesus bruised and rejected?.    How did Jesus overcome?
How does he provide healing for our bruises and rejection?

    Jesus became a sin substitute for us that we might receive salvation and eternal life.  He hung on a tree for us that we might be free from the curse of sin and death.  He was emotionally wounded for us that we might receive emotional healing.  He spent three days in Hades that we might have victory over the powers of darkness. He suffered the stripes that we might be physically healed. He also was bruised and rejected that we might be freed from the bondage of emotional bruises and rejection.

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15). This is a prophecy concerning the bruising of Jesus (the seed of woman).

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah 53:3).
I. How was Jesus bruised and rejected?
1. While Jesus was in the womb, Joseph thought that he was conceived out of the unfaithfulness of Mary.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.    Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.    But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost"  (Matthew 1:18-20).
2. He was born during the reign of an extremely wicked ruler and his own birth was the indirect cause of many other deaths.  (Matthew 2:1-18)
"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men" (Matthew 2:16).
3. His birth and childhood had much stigma attached to it. Many thought that he was born as an illegitimate child.
Most likely as a child, Jesus was teased by the other children about being an illegitimate child, after all, the family knew. (No specific scripture reference).
"Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God"  (John 8:41).
4. His family was poor.  His father was a common physical laborer or would be considered a blue collar worker.   Jesus would have had to help his father in the trade.
"Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?" (Matthew 13:55).
5. His race was despised by all the surrounding people.

6. His nation was oppressed by another nation throughout his life time.

"If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation" (John 11:48).
7. The country in which he was born was only a fraction of the size of the state of Texas.

8. The town in which he grew up (Nazareth) was considered a bad town.

"And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see"  (John 1:46).
9. At the age of 12, Jesus was misunderstood by Joseph and Mary.  They could not comprehend that he was the Son of God.
"And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.    And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?    And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them"  (Luke 2:48-50).
10. Satan thought that Jesus was weak and would fall through temptation.  (Matthew 4:1-11)
"And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread" (Luke 4:3).  Note the attack on his identity,  "If thou be the Son of God".
11. Most likely his father died when he was young, therefore he had the responsibility, being the eldest son, to care for the family.
"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!   Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home" (John 19:26-27)
12. He was not an especially good looking young man, therefore, people were not attracted to him.  (Isaiah 53:2)
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him" (Isaiah 53:2).
13. He was once publicly accused by his friends of being "out of his mind" (being beside of himself).
"And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself" (Mark 3:21).
14. He never married or physically fathered any children.

15. Once when he spoke in the synagogue, his family and friends were highly offended by him.

"And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.    And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief"  (Matthew 13:57-58).
16. On at least on occasion he was publicly accused by the spiritual leaders of his day that he was demon possessed.
"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils" (Matthew 12:24).
17. Even John the Baptist came to question as to the identity of Jesus.  (Luke 7:19).
"And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?"  (Luke 7:19).
18. After Herod beheaded John the Baptist, he thought that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead.
"But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead" (Mark 6:16).
19. Jesus was mistaken to be Elias (Elijah) or one of the prophets rather than being who he really was.
"Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets" (Mark 6:15).

"And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets" (Mark 8:28).

20. A Pharisee questioned Jesus about being a prophet (Luke 7:39-49).
"Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner" (Luke 7:39).
21. The chief priests, scribes, and elder questioned Jesus' identity.
"And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,  And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:27-28).
22.  Because Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, the Jewish leaders sought to kill him.  (John 5:18, 19:7).
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5:18).

"The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God" (John 19:7).

23. When things really got tough for him, even all his close friends deserted him.  One even denied knowing him.
"But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled" (Matthew 26:26).

"And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.    Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew" (Matthew 26:73-74).

24. He was falsely accused and beaten.
"But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days" (Matthew 26:60-61).

"And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.  And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?   And many other things blasphemously spake they against him" (Luke 22:63-65).

25. He was compared to Barabbas, the leader of a revolt, a murderer, and Barabbas was preferred over him.
"And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection" (Mark 15:7).

"But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus" (Matthew 27:20).

 "Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified" (Matthew 27:26).

26. He got some bad judges, was tortured and sentenced to be crucified.
"And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor" (Matthew 27:2).

"And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time"  (Luke 23:7).

"And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate" (Luke 23:11).

"And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified"  (Mark 15:15).   He was scourged thirty-nine with lashes with a whip which had pieces of bone or metal in the end of it that ripped the flesh from the body.
27. He was stripped naked and hung on public display for everyone to see including his friends and family.
"They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture" (Psalm 22:18).  (Old Testament prophecy.

"And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots" (Matthew 27:35).

28. Pilant also mocked the Jewish leaders by posting a sign on the cross that read, "This is Jesus the king of the Jews."
"And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS" (Matthew 27:27).
29. He was sentenced to be crucified as a common criminal between two thieves.  (Matthew 27:38).
"Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left" (Matthew 27:38).
30. While on the cross he was publicly ridiculed by the people.
"And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God" (Matthew 27:39-43).
31. He was even rejected by the Heavenly Father because of our sins which he took upon himself.
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
32. His life was cut short by a horrible, painful, death only at the age of thirty-three.
"Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost" (Matthew 27:50).

How did Jesus overcome rejection?
1. He found his identity in his heavenly Father.
"And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17).

"I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).

2. He didn't take offense.
"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Psalm 119:165).

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" (John 5:19).

3. He forgave those who bruised and rejected him.
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots" (Luke 23:34).
4. He loved and blessed those who rejected him.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you" (Luke 6:27).

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil" (Luke 6:35).

5. He looked forward to the victory in the end.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19).

How does he provide healing for our bruises and rejection?
1. He provides us with a new identity for through Jesus we become children of God.
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12).

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).

2. Jesus became a substitute for our emotional hurts.
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4-5).

3. Jesus is the same today as when he was 2,000 years ago.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8).

    You can also receive healing for your emotional wounds.

Also see:
Emotional Wound Test
Understanding Emotional Bruises
Healing For The Emotions
Steps To Receive Emotional Healing