MAN OF SORROWSWhy is the Son of God also called a ‘Man of sorrows’? INTRODUCTION: When the Son of God appeared in Flesh and lived among men, He stood apart from them in ways men have yet to fathom. For, outwardly He appeared like any other ‘man’ and also attired Himself just like every other ‘common man’. That is right! Not like their kings and rulers, nor their priests and rabbis, not even like their outlaws. What is more? He lived and moved among the commonest of them. Yet, He stood apart from every single one of them. So that, multitudes flocked around Him and followed Him – to hear Him and to be delivered of their troubles. For, that were just what He was doing. So much so that it disturbed the rulers and authorities, and they in turn followed Him albeit for different reasons altogether! HOWEVER, UNBEKNOWN TO MOST, WHAT STOOD HIM APART MOST WAS THE SORROW THAT MARRED HIS FACE, ALMOST TO DISFIGUREMENT: “Just as there were many who were appalled at Him – His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness. ” (Isa 52:14). “…… He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a ‘Man of sorrows’, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” (Isa 53:2-3). WHY? : BECAUSE HE BORE THE SORROWS OF THIS WORLD – our sufferings, our sicknesses, our afflictions of this world, even our iniquities, our curses and death. He bore them as He moved among the masses, just as it is testified in Isa 53:2-3. And He bore them TO THE cross, just as it is testified in Isa 52:14. The sorrow that marred and disfigured His countenance on the cross, though briefly, was total and to its completion. Thus in Him it was fulfilled once and for all. And none need look elsewhere! FOR HE BORE OUR SORROWS UNLIKE ANY MAN EVER DID OR CAN HOPE TO EVER DO. Oh, and He definitely did not bear them like those who love to sit in Moses’ seat (Matt 23:4) and lord it over! Everywhere He went (and He covered all the regions of Israel and Judea, even Samaria), He was visibly moved by compassion for the masses. Looking at them, He grieved that they were like sheep without their Shepherd. He wept with the grief-stricken. And He was aggrieved that in spite of all God’s attempts to reach out to them and lift them from their miry pits, their spirits were in constant strife with the Spirit of God. And now that He was amidst them, actually making the fullness of Him visible to them, they believed Him not. So He wept for the disaster that they were willfully inviting upon themselves. He mourned for the prophesied loss of their children. He wept over their desolation! (Matt 9:36, Matt 26:38, Mat 27:46, Lk 19:41-44, Gen 6:6, Lk 23:28-39, Jn 11:35, Eph 4:30 etc.) He was not known to laugh nor smile, nor while away His time in frivolity and leisure. He never uttered a careless word. Every single Word He spoke demonstrated the Power and Authority of God over the world, so that people realized they were unlike any they were accustomed to hearing. And true to His Word, they experienced His deliverance in every manner, unlike ever witnessed before by any man. ‘MAN OF SORROWS’, BECAUSE HE IS BOTH THE REDEEMER AND THE JUDGE: Yes, we must understand that He who is the Creator is also the Redeemer and the Judge. And we cannot even come close to understanding the Son of God as ‘Man of sorrows’ if we fail to fathom why the Spirit of God grieves in the first place (Eph 4:30). From the time it was first revealed (Gen 6:6) until the climaxing magnitude of it which will bring even Heaven TO A COMPLETE STANDSTILL FOR HALF AN HOUR (Rev 8:1), it is the Spiritual sorrow of God benighted to man, except to the discerning few (Lk 19:41-42). I hope and pray that you are one among the few as in it lies your hope. To that end, it is imperative that I now reveal why He bore our sorrows. And the answer is simply this – He bore them so that we may be delivered of each one of them. That is, (for eg., refer Isa 61:1-3):
- Instead of the curses, we may be blessed;
- Instead of the heavy burden and hard labor, we may be yoked with His light and easy yoke;
- Instead of sicknesses and afflictions, we may be healed;
- Instead of sorrow and weeping, we may be filled with lasting Joy and surpassing Peace;
- Instead of death, we may enjoy His Life – the abundant and eternal life of God;
- Instead of the marred and fading beauty we inherit from our earthly fathers, we may be transformed into the radiant glory of His holy likeness – our ‘lost’ likeness of the holy God, our Heavenly Father.
- Instead of dying the slow death as testimonial tombs of mankind, we may live the victorious life as temples of the Living God;
- Instead of a body that remains susceptible to sickness and death as it is to sin and its woes, we may receive the Heavenly body of perfect holiness and perfect freedom from all bondages;
- Last but not the least, instead of eternal condemnation, we may partake of His eternal Salvation.