He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
A man of sorrows, Jesus was despised and rejected. He was acquainted with grief and His crucifixion was so ugly to the human eye that people turned their head because they were unable to look at it. Beyond all of that and despite what He suffered for us He was thought of as of no value.
The Bible says “we” esteemed Him not. Esteemed means to think upon, consider, be mindful, to reckon. While we may not have been present when Jesus was tried, convicted and executed, can we also be guilty of not esteeming Him? How do we react when we find ourselves in the trying situations of life? When life seems unfair and it would appear that the forces of life are trying to destroy us, do we stop and esteem Jesus Christ in the middle of all the chaos?
It is exactly at that moment of chaos when we need to stop and place our thoughts upon Jesus Christ, considering and becoming mindful of what He suffered for us and how He would have us to react and conduct ourselves in the chaos of the moment.
It is at the moment of chaos that we are in the perfect position for a brand new creation to be brought to birth in my life. Genesis 1:2-3, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. It was when everything was in a state of chaos that the Spirit of God came in and God began His creative work.
Do we esteem Him not? Are we guilty of not considering and thinking upon Jesus and His sacrifice in the midst of our suffering? Do we despise and reject the presence of the Lord in our situations just because things are not going our way?