Have you ever befriended the despised and rejected? As we moved every few years I made new friends in each town and sometimes my best friends were the ones rejected by everyone else. It usually wasn't hard to figure why they were despised; some disfigurement or social awkwardness; but for some it was a silly thing they did or said that marked them for rejection. In Isaiah 53:3 we read: He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (NKJV)
Isaiah wrote this description of the Messiah hundreds of years before each detail was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus was falsely accused, arrested, beaten to disfigurement, and was rejected by the lost sheep of Israel that He came to save. Most still despise Jesus; His name used freely as a curse, He is still rejected by men.
But some have looked upon the scars and have realized that the beating and bruising and abuse was for their benefit and have received the One rejected. His death was the penalty payment for sin, and it has been received as payment in full. Now, the despised and rejected has made the believer to be accepted and beloved by God. Have you met your new friend? He is battered and scarred but He will never leave you or reject you.