Pathway’s 40 days of prayer campaign runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, March 31. Join us as we unite as a church in prayer. Our theme verse for the campaign is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Starting on Wednesday, February 14, join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we all pray together at 7:14am and 7:14pm. Devotionals and prayer topics will be posted on FB and on our website on a regular basis. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind and heart throughout these 40 days by using #PBCPRAY40 wherever you post!
Nobody likes rejection, whether it’s from a job, an idea, proposal or relationship. In the 21st century our social media connections have added an particular public aspect to rejection; connecting to hundreds if not thousands of people, many of whom may not like or even unlike our posts, pics or comments and open for all the world to see. Being rejected by someone is tough, however it’s especially difficult the more intimate you are with a person. For example, if someone rejects you after only one date, then, yes, it stings but it is nowhere near as painful as when someone you have been married to for many years suddenly rejects you. The degree of pain grows as the degree of intimacy grows.
Jesus had always been in an eternal intimate relationship with God, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ cry on the cross, “why have you forsaken me?” was that painful moment when on the cross that he was nailed to, taking the sins of the world upon His shoulders, the ontological rejection from God, the Father happened. A relationship that was from all eternity broken for the sake of mankind. I believe there are no words that can fully describe the torment Jesus experienced, but we can begin to understand it if we think back to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when His sweat became like blood because He was in agony. How much pain does one have to be for one’s sweat to become like blood?
Today we observe Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified and separated from God. He subjected Himself to the horror of rejection by God and was rejected by mankind for mankind’s sake so mankind may live. May we all live in Christ!