He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
This unusual title for Jesus draws us in to look at the work and person of Christ.
-Christ the second person of the Trinity-very God and very man. Christ, Creator of everything, left the splendor of heaven.
-Who [II Cor.8:9], though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
-All for love’s sake He renounced the glory of heaven
=He took on the full sorrow and humiliation of life, choosing not only to die but to be born.
-He left his Father’s house giving up the fullness of a heavenly life yielding His life to death on a cross.
Look at His sorrow! His own rejected him. [Luke 14:24]
“O Jerusalem—–How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!”
Just after the triumphal entry Christ weeps over the city [Luke 19:41-42]
“If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace—–because you did not know the time of your visitation”
As P.T. Forsyth states “ It was not the sorrow of the world that broke the heart of Christ, but its wickedness. He was equal to its sorrow. He began by being the World’s Healer but what broke Him was its sin and rejection.”
Gethsemane — can we forget! We read in the gospels’ garden accounts “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Father, save Me from this hour” But for this purpose He came to this hour. Rom. 8:32a.”He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.”
God forsaken of God!! Who can understand? Matthew 26:42
“ Thy will be done” No greater words than these
Can pass from human lips than these which rent
Their way through agony and blood and sweat
And broke the silence of Gethsemane
To save the world from sin.
Why we ask? He was forsaken that we might learn from the anguish and sorrow of His experience, the greatness of our sin! During the hours of darkness He “who knew no sin” was made sin for us. [ II Cor.5:21] that was the cause of His Fathers averted face.
It was not that God was ever hostile to His beloved Son——It was holiness turning away from sin. Great sorrow. Yes. Yet Heb.12:2b holds the key. “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” What’s next? Comes again our glorious King all His ransomed home to bring! Hallelujah what a Savior!
We Worship Thee! What language shall I borrow to thank Thee dearest Friend.
In every pang that rends the heart
The Man of Sorrows has a part;
He sympathizes with our grief,
And to the sufferer sends relief.
With boldness therefore at the throne
Let us make all our sorrows known;
And ask the aid of heavenly power
To help us in this evil hour.
Man of Sorrows — what a name for the Son of God who came, ruined sinners to reclaim; Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Yours in Christ,
Merry Christmas from the Laninga’s.