Posted by: SandreS | July 19, 2009

A Man of Sorrows

… a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3).

Isaiah foretold of Israel’s coming Messiah. His description of Him in chapter 53 was that he was, among other things, “… a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ was acquainted with what it meant to be human – to suffer sorrows and grief. When He was here in the flesh, although King and Master of Israel, He did not live as such. Rather, He lived and conducted Himself as a humble servant.

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant … (Philippians 2:7).

As humanity’s Servant, He experienced the same cares and sufferings of life as did those to whom He ministered. He identified with them in that He endured the full range of human sorrows and suffering. For,

… Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4)

What identity with broken humanity! He bore our griefs, He carried our sorrow. Truly, He was,

… Touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).

The word translated “infirmities” here is the Greek word astheneia, which James Strong defines as “feebleness” (“un-firmness” – Concordant Keyword Concordance). He was immersed into our weakness and brokenness, so that His poverty might be our enrichment,

For we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be made rich (II Corinthians 8:9).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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