Man Of Sorrows

Saturday, April 11, 2020
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Isaiah 53:3a,4a – He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried. (NASB)

In late January of this year, I had total knee replacement surgery. The recovery is slow but consistent, although it's painful. I often find it hard to sleep at night, and I spend hours awake "in the watches of the night".

As I have been thinking and praying, I have been considering the pain that our Lord Jesus bore for us. My caregiver, herself a successful veteran of joint replacement surgery, can empathize with the discomfort of recovery. Yet, my Lord Jesus is ever present, empathizing with me, especially in the night hours, a Brother who knew pain and bears it with me.

In the chapter that today's passage is taken from, Isaiah spoke of a weakened and suffering Messiah, but we know how God's mighty power and strength was revealed in the midst of His suffering, in the victory of Easter Sunday. Jesus is so closely experienced with sorrow and grief that He is called a Man of Sorrows. However, Jesus didn't feel sorrow or pity for Himself, but for others — for impoverished, down-trodden and hurting humanity.

All the pinches, stiffness, and aching that I feel are known to Him. When Jesus took our pain upon Himself, those griefs and sorrows became His own. He takes them on His shoulders and carries them, so we don't have to. In the watches of the night, my Brother Jesus is beside me, bearing the heavy load.

How many people there are who still tote about the griefs and sorrows that Jesus is ready to carry for them! He will take the load from us, but we must release them, let them go.

Prayer: Man of Sorrows, what a name for the Son of God who came ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood; sealed my pardon with His blood; Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Wow. What a saviour bob d.

    Thanks, Shirley, for the good word.

    Thanks, Shirley. What a difficult thing this can be at times!

    I had a new hip put in about 2 years ago, I too had a lot of pain with it.

    That was a lovely message, Shirley. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Jesus is definitely a comfort in the watches of the night. Thank you and sending prayers for a healed knee, Shirley!

    I hear you, Shirley. Blessings on that knee and for your beautiful reflection on Christ’s love to us as we bring our cares to the Mercy Seat.

    Shirley, Yes! Jesus bore our grief and sorrows…even those caused by Covid19! What a Saviour! Praying for all who are sick and repenting of our national disregard of God’s commands. Blessings.

    Greetings Shirley,
    Thank you for this devotional so aptly titled,” Man of Sorrows”. Truly the right title of our Lord who bore such pain and agony. Yet, still He takes upon himself all our troubles and grief that we lay upon Him and is ever ready to respond to our needs. He truly deserves our gratefulness for His endless love and care.
    Blessings and may you soon enjoy total recovery from your knee surgery.

    Dear Shirley:
    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us.
    I, too, can commiserate with you on your pain. While recovering from back surgery, I remember thinking (or the Good Lord put it there), that what I was feeling was healing pain. I was being stitched and knitted back together. After ten days I was fine, and the pain was gone.
    Whenever I am in pain, I offer it up to my Saviour. I will never be in the pain He was in on the Cross.
    Glory Hallelujah what a Saviour! Praise the Lord! Amen.

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