Standing with those of No Standing

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:3-4)

I’m so used to looking at this verse to think about Jesus that I all but missed it. And yet, once you see it, it’s everything… it’s almost the whole point of the Cross of Christ.

It is standing with those that have no standing.

Jesus was despised just “like one from whom people hide their faces.”

So who are they? Who are the people from whom people hide their faces?  Think of those who have no standing in your community.

It could be the homeless, of course.

It could be those in the grip of some addiction, be it drugs or alcohol.

It could be those who have some sort of disability or mental condition. Anybody who prompts the thought “There but for the grace of God go I.” Anybody towards whom you are tempted to feel a little superior.

Of course, it could be those of another race, or another class, or another religion…

How easy it is to turn one’s face from difficult and embarrassing associations. How easy to award them second place in your church functions (or even ask them to leave).

How difficult to fully take your stand with those who have no standing.

Corrie Ten Boom’s father was a well-respected businessman who not only refused to accept the anti-Jewish legislation of the occupying Nazi regime, but voluntarily wore the Jewish yellow star, and eventually, suffered and died with them.

Lord, you took your stand with those who had no standing. Teach me what that means where I live.

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6 Responses to Standing with those of No Standing

  1. Karin Mensah de Vries says:

    So we cannot judge, we don’t know God’s plan, but how can we define right and wrong? Is there even a right and wrong? Paul seemed so wrong before he met the Lord, but God had an amazing plan for him. And can’t the “wrong” bring people often to a place of “right”? Only God knows, i believe.

  2. kenbaker says:

    Hiya Karin, Thanks for stopping by.
    I’m not sure I fully understand your point, but it does occur to me that if the life (death, resurrection) of Jesus constitutes God’s “plan,” then that becomes the whole definition of what is “right”.
    God bless you today. I hope to visit you guys again sometime soon.

  3. Karin Mensah de Vries says:

    Hi Ken, my “struggle” and question is that there are even within the church people that are judged, but maybe their actions will open the door to them to meet with Jesus. They are judged as “wrong”. In our own church a few people left because of that they were being told that their actions were not acceptable and damaging. I love my church, but I find it hard to define right and wrong, if you aren’t in Christ you are always “wrong”, but if you are in Christ you can’t go wrong. Pff.. probably still not clear, anyway, we are all waiting for you visiting our church, we loved the last time. Have a blessed day.

  4. kenbaker says:

    Thanks for that.
    You’re no relation to the great Herman De Vries I suppose?

  5. Karin Mensah de Vries says:

    maybe, you never know, one fourth of the dutch population is called: de Vries, but in fact, i never heard of him.

  6. kenbaker says:

    Ha! Check him out. He’s an interesting guy

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