Man of sorrows
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
The reference to Man of Sorrows as a name of Jesus is stunning. It speaks of how He took our pain. Jesus didn’t come to dwell with humans and live like a king. He came and carried our sin and all of our sorrows so that we could enjoy eternal joy. Jesus’ joy was born in knowing He was doing His Father’s will but what He experienced was undoubtedly horrendous as He presented Himself the ransom for pain, suffering and ultimately death. He was aware of His mission. He knew the cost. Then when he was surrendering His life on the cross, He felt abandoned by His Father and sensed the disconnect of the true agony of the human condition. He was despised and rejected by man. He suffered and felt immense sorrow.
Dwight Moody wrote in the 1880s, ‘When Christ came into the world, the first sound He heard was woe. The wail of those mothers in Bethlehem; and from the manager to the Cross, He was surrounded with sorrow. We are told that He often looked up to Heaven and sighed. I believe it was because there was so much suffering around Him.’ Jesus was the Man of Sorrows, who carried our weakness and the weight of our pain and suffering. He was pierced and crushed, and ultimately crucified. His sorrow gives us the opportunity for joy eternal. Hebrews 4:14-16: ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’