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Throughout his life Jesus lived above shame, an example for us to follow. When crucified, he willingly submitted to his death, while scorning its shame (Hebrews 12:2). The Psalms prophesied it: “To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads” (Psalm 22:5-7). Paul reflected upon

The New Testament story of the woman suffering from a bleeding gives us a vivid picture of Jesus’ healing power and how he overturns shame. Recall the story of how she reached out to Jesus. “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed’” (Mark 5:27-28). This woman suffered a chronic, continuous bleeding physically. Alongside the suffering in her body was

Throughout his life, Jesus consistently disregarded shame. One example is especially striking – when Jesus was disrespected and insulted by Simon the Pharisee intentionally. Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to a meal, but when Jesus knocked on the gate, Simon didn’t give him the customary greeting. When Jesus was seated at the meal, Simon didn’t provide any water to wash Jesus’ feet, another common gesture of hospitality. Simon further neglected to show respect to Jesus by not anointing his head with oil. Simon was

Jesus was born and raised in unlikely places. When wise men came from the east, they expected the king of the Jews to be born in the capital city of Jerusalem (Luke 2:1-2). When Philip invited Nathanael to meet Christ, Nathanael responded, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46). In those days great people were expected to come from famous places. Surely the Messiah would come from Jerusalem or some other respectable city -- not Bethlehem or Nazareth. Jesus wasn’t treated

Jesus faced the shame of unfounded rumors about his birth. Joseph and Mary were not yet married when Jesus was conceived. The supernatural, virgin birth of Christ by the Holy Spirit was misinterpreted at first by Joseph. “Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19). Joseph didn’t want to shame Mary. But an angel corrected him and Joseph treated Mary