Addressing Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, the author of Hebrews wrote these extraordinary words:
“The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” (Hebrews 13:11–14)
Almost 2,000 years later, this exhortation remains relevant. We are often called to go to Jesus outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.
As He was rejected, we too are rejected.
As He was misunderstood and maligned, we too are misunderstood and maligned.
As He was put out and excluded, we too are put out and excluded.