One thing every human being has in common is at some point in their life they have experienced rejection. Could've been a minor rejection like someone not making the team in school to a major rejection like from a parent not loving their child. Everyone of us has experienced rejection. What floored me was the fact that Jesus experienced it also. Not just from people but from God also. This rejection is told in Matthew 27:45-51.
"From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling to Elijah." Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him." And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The Earth shook and the rocks split."
This was the first time the Son of God prayed and God did not answer him. Why? Cause Jesus was identified with our sin. God had to turn his head and his ears away from Jesus in order for the ultimate sacrifice to be made for his people to be saved. This amazes me when I think about what that means. The same rejection we have faced or felt....Jesus felt. Jesus in the last hour thought that his Father had forsaken him.. How many times in our lives have we felt that God has forsaken us. How many angry prayers have we prayed when something bad happens. We always blame God for forsaking us. But the rejection that Jesus endured was so that God could turn rejection into ACCEPTANCE....If not for that rejection we would not be accepted and forgiven. God wants to do that in our lives. He wants to take all the rejections we have endured and accept us for who we are. He wants us to know when no one else wants us...He does. He wants every flaw, every imperfection, and every bad choice we have made so when he turns those bare branches into fruit producing, we will know his love for us is endless.