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Man of Sorrows
Bible Passage Isaiah 53: 1-12
topic 2022, in book ISAIAH & .

Man of Sorrows

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 18, 2022

1 “Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 For he grew up before him like a tender plant, and like a root out of a dry ground; he had no form and he had no majesty that we should look at him, and there is no attractiveness that we should desire him.

3 “He was despised and rejected by others, and a man of sorrows, intimately familiar with suffering; and like one from whom people hide their faces; and we despised him and did not value him.

4 “Surely he has borne our sufferings and carried our sorrows; yet we considered him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, each of us, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he didn’t open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

8 “From detention and judgment he was taken away— and who can even think about his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living, he was stricken for the transgression of my people.

9 Then they made his grave with the wicked, and with rich people in his death, although he had committed no violence, nor was there any deceit in his mouth.”

10 “Yet the LORD was willing to crush him, and he made him suffer. Although you make his soul an offering for sin, he will see his offspring, and he will prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will triumph in his hand.

11 Out of the suffering of his soul he will see light and find satisfaction. And through his knowledge his servant, the righteous one, will make many righteous, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong; because he poured out his life to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he carried the sins of many, and made intercession for their transgressions.”

It was difficult for people to believe that God would send His servant with such power and might, especially knowing the beginning and background of such person. They liken Him to a small plant growing in dry and infertile ground – so different from the magnificent trees that stand majestically in the tall forests. They see nothing in His appearance that is impressive or attractive.

His suffering was equally a big issue. Could the Messiah be going through this? A lot of things, when approached from the physical point of view made the Messiah unattractive.

At first, those who see the servant’s intense suffering think that He is being punished by God for some wrong He has done. However, as they think further they realize that He is suffering not for His own sins, but for the sins of others; in fact, their sins, our sins.

We have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. He carried our iniquities.

The servant is treated cruelly, but He bears it silently. Those who judge Him show neither mercy nor justice; they just send Him off to be killed. His fellow citizens are just as heartless and show no concern that He suffers death unjustly. Yet He bears all this for the sake of those who are sinners.

Those who hate Him leave Him to die in disgrace like a criminal, but those who love Him give Him an honorable burial.

The death of the servant is God’s will. He died for the sake of our sins.

But beyond the sorrow of death is the joy of the resurrection. The servant is satisfied when He sees the fruits of His suffering, namely, a multitude of spiritual children who are forgiven their sins and accounted righteous before God because of His death (verse 10-11). The sufferer becomes the conqueror and receives a conqueror’s reward. Because He willingly took the place of sinners and prayed for their forgiveness, He is now exalted to the highest place (verse 12)

🔷 Jesus Christ made a perpetual atonement for our sins and has made indigents spiritual wealthy people

🔷 Those who follow Jesus may be maltreated and disgraced, but they will soon have their reward and crown

🔷 Everything that happens to believers is the will of God for them.

💥 Thank God for the work of Jesus
💥 Confess a true relationship with God to love Him always

Jesus Christ who did not sin carried our sins and made us acceptable to God. We were disgraced for us to receive grace, wounded for us to be well, and killed for us to have life.