“HE WAS A MAN OF SORROWS”
(A Short Teaching)“HE WAS A MAN OF SORROWS”
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3
Jesus was called a man of sorrows. Isaiah prophesied these things about him several hundred years before he walked the earth. The words above actually speak of his impending torture and walk to Calvary as many beheld him. As we know, He took on the sins of the world, and went as a lamb to the slaughter. He was acquainted with grief because He knew what was in the heart of man. He knew that his disciples wouldn’t stay awake in Gethsemane while He was waiting to be taken away.
And yet He was given a portion with the great, as this was all in the Father’s plan: “10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Should it be any surprise that we also would face sorrow in this life? We will not face what our Lord went through, but because we have taken on His identify and are being conformed into His image, we will face various trials and rejections that will bring sorrow upon our hearts.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15
Many have faced rejection from a close friend or a spouse, or a family member. We have someone who knows these things and has experienced them before. Many think that the Christian life is be one of constant joy and happiness. These types of people are oftentimes too shallow to understand or identify with Jesus. And yet it is not good of course to be the type of person that is always sad or filled with grief. We are told that in John 16:
20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
And Matt. 5: 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Jesus was always finding a place to go away and pray. I’m certain that at those times, He was experiencing sorrow and needed to commune with the Father so that He could return to His walk and gain strength and courage for what was to lie ahead for him.
We are not guaranteed to have a life filled with continual bliss and joy upon this earth as we walk out our lives as believers. We will face rejection from others, even among fellow Christians. We need to know however, that we are in good company. Our Lord experienced these things in a far deeper way than we ever will. But we can also know that we can experience His joy and peace in spite of the things we may experience. Happiness is a fleeting thing, joy is something far deeper.