Outcast. Pariah. Alien. These labels hurt. But Jesus gets it. He was an outsider too.

If you’ve ever felt ostracized or somehow separate from the people around you, you’re not alone. It may seem counterintuitive today, but when Jesus was alive, he didn’t belong.

As he traveled, Jesus lived without a home. In a way, he was forced to couch surf, asking for refuge from those who were kind enough to take him in. When a local man offered to join Jesus in his travels, he replied in warning, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Even Jesus longed for a home.

Homes can be physical and metaphorical. If you’ve been cast out from your home or from a group of people who once felt like home, don’t be discouraged. Jesus used his isolation for good. His experience gave him true empathy toward others. He treated outcasts like family because he was an outcast himself.

If you’re feeling isolated, seek out others who may feel the same. You could be someone’s home.

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