“… rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious….”

—1 Peter 2:4

In this verse, Peter is giving us a powerful insight into the most critical issue that you or I will ever have to consider. And that insight comes when Peter uses the words rejected by men.

You may think, “Well, of course Jesus was rejected.” And he was. But the word that Peter uses doesn’t mean rejection in the way that we usually use it. You see, as Peter uses it, the word rejection means “tested” and “examined.” 

Let me put this in context for you. It was Palm Sunday, and throngs of people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. They hailed him as the king of the Jews. But soon their cheers would turn to jeers.

You remember that Jesus was arrested and brought before Pilate. And he was tested by judges and examined by religious men. Our Lord was beaten to within an inch of his life with a crown of thorns thrust down on his brow.

And then it happened. Pilate yelled to the blood-thirsty mob, saying, “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22). And the crowd of people who had hailed him as king shrieked and screamed for his death. Jesus was tested, examined, and rejected to the utmost.

Finally, our Savior, “rejected by men,” was crucified and died on the cross for the sins of the world.

But you see, that was not the last time that Jesus would be tested, examined, or rejected. Because Pilate’s question hangs in the air for all time and each of us must answer.

This is life’s big question! And no one can escape it. I answered it. And I have never looked back. And it is a question that you have to answer. What will you do with Jesus who is called Christ?

I pray that you know the profound joy of having Christ as your Savior. But if you do not, Jesus wants to give you new life in him. But it has to be your choice. You can test Jesus and examine him, reject him, or accept him.

There is no ignoring this inescapable, unavoidable Savior. Ask him into your heart and life right now. I promise you, you will never regret it.

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?