THE REJECTION OF REJECTION

A Poem by Paul David Tripp

Unthinkable, irrational, impossible to conceive! The Trinity torn asunder. The Son wrenched from his Father. Salvation realized. I am the liar. I am the thief. I am the gossip. I am the rebel. I have wanted my own way in my own time at my appointed place. I have rebelled against your law and I have set up my own. I deny your kingship while building a kingdom of my own. I think my wisdom is wiser than yours. I think my plan is better than yours. I crave the sovereignty that only you should have. But you did the inconceivable; you accomplished the undoable. You stood in my place and you satisfied God’s wrath. But in the process, the three in one was torn in two. In the process, the Father did the most painful thing that has ever been done. He turned his back on you. You withstood this pain so that I would never have to. You took my rejection so that I would only ever have acceptance. So that I can rest assured, I can live in hope, I can enjoy true peace, because I know that you are always with me. For long ago on the cross your rejection was, for me, the final rejection of rejection.
YOU WITHSTOOD THIS PAIN SO THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE TO. YOU TOOK MY REJECTION SO THAT I WOULD ONLY EVER HAVE ACCEPTANCE.
THINK

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

PRAY

Thank God for the amazing love of Christ that compelled him to go to the cross on your behalf. Christ was rejected for your sins–prayerfully thank him for covering them.

STUDY

For further study and encouragement, read Isaiah 53.