“He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
How would you treat delegates from another nation? It seems likely, we would go out of the way to make them feel as comfortable as possible. It seems, they would not even need to be a dignitary to receive that treatment. I recently sat on a plane with a young man who had never traveled. His every experience, throughout the airport and on the plane, was a new one. I attempted to do my best to acquaint him with what was coming. To me, it was just courtesy to show him kindness and respect.
I find it both saddening and troubling that when the King of Kings arrived, he received treatment reserved for the worst criminals. He was despised by the masses, rejected by those closest to Him, and ultimately condemned to a horrific death. The most troubling thing is not that this happened, but that it continues. After His resurrection, Jesus commissioned His followers to go throughout the world inviting anyone and everyone to receive Christ, and subsequently receive pardon for sin. Instead of being welcomed as ambassadors, the Christian missionary, whether home or abroad, is often treated with contempt. We should not expect better treatment than the Lord we serve, nor should we be any less devoted to ensuring that all hear the message of the hope found in Christ alone.