These are sobering statements when you consider the way that Jesus was rejected, persecuted and murdered by people who did not receive him or his ministry. When I think about being like Jesus I think about this passage from Isaiah 53 that speaks of the messiah:
He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.These words speak beautifully to the idea that being like Jesus is definitely not about externals but about having an inner strength and beauty that endures maligning persecution and suffering at the hands of others. We are not above our teacher.. we must not despair when we are rejected.. we must not lose hope when we grieve.. we must cling to the beauty that is Christ. We must remember that Christ in us is our hope of being glorious.
Lord help me to be like you. Encourage me when I am rejected and suffer. I need you.