“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).
Sorrows (Def.): (Heb: Makobe from Kaab): Anguish, affliction, pain, grief, make sad
There is something very mystical about God’s identification with mankind in our fallen state. He comes to us in our addiction, bondage to sin, captivity to the corruption that is in the world. There is a knowing on the part of God, an acquaintance, an empathy with man in his weakness and failure.
Concerning Israel God said to Moses:
“I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows” (Exodus 3:7).
I Know Their Sorrows. From the very beginning, in the Garden, God witnessed the Fall and was grieved. From the beginning God became “acquainted with grief” for man whom He created in His own image and likeness, in whom He breathed the breath of life. From the beginning He saw “the affliction of My people” and it was a cause of much pain and sadness in the heart of the Father.
The Apostle who was so one in the Spirit with the heart of the Father wrote to the Church at Rome:
“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart; for I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my Brethren, my Kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:1-2).
Such passionate empathy for the Brethren is a perfect expression of the nature of Christ, as the Apostle wrote of Him:
“For the Father has made Christ to be sin (accursed) for us; even He who knew no sin, that we might be made the very righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Oh, what a loving Father, what a merciful God, for although He foreknew us and witnessed our Fall, He also foresaw the end, as it is written:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Concerning Israel God sent a deliverer, Moses, to rescue them from their bondage in Egypt; and to bring them into the Land of Promise. Concerning the Gentiles God prepared His Savior, His Son to be the Man of Sorrows, the Deliverer. In His grief, anguish, affliction and pain He took upon Himself the sin of the whole world and nailed it to His cruel Cross.
The Man of Sorrows has spoken, and His words proclaim a blessed hope with the promise that all our sorrows will be turned to joy:
“Verily, verily I say unto you, that you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. . .Yes, you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man can take from you” (John 16:20, 22).
As we pray in these days of prayer, intercessions, fasting with supplication and petition; may our prayers be always in faith, confidence and trust in the One who is the Faithful High Priest, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End; the One who entered into the pains and sorrows of death and rose again in glorious resurrection unto Eternal Life. May we continually see Him who is and was and is to come (cf. Revelation 1:18; 4:8).
The Man of Sorrows walks among us. May we know Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, anguish and pain, that we may know Him also in the power of His resurrection (cf. Philippians 3:10); for if we suffer with Him, we shall also reign (cf. I Timothy 2:12), and our sorrow He will turn to joy.