Centaurus' ancient name , Beze (Hebrew) and Al Beze (Arabic), means despised. To despise means to look at something or someone with scorn and contempt, even extreme hostility. That is how the prophet Isaiah described the coming Messiah: "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering . . . "—Isaiah 53:3. It was true as Jesus hung on the cross; it is true today.
Pagan stories connected to Centaurus describe a guilt-bearer who is struck down, willingly sacrificing his immortality to save another from death. The stories resemble the facts of Messiah's first coming. Being despised and rejected is probably harder to bear than physical suffering, yet Messiah looked at the joy which lay beyond his suffering. As believers all over the world are enduring rejection, physical abuse and even martyrdom, they are walking the path that their Savior took. They will share in his future glory.
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