He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3 KJV)
Isaiah 53 gives us a prophetic picture of the sufferings and pains that the Savior had to bear for our salvation. He is aptly described as a Man of sorrows. He did not only experience sorrow but went through the worst form of punishment known to the world of His days. The crucifixion was more than mere execution. It was intended to cause a painful and agonizing death. He willingly said “yes,” knowing fully well as God what He was getting into. He did it for you and me. Our salvation did not come cheap. It is free to us, but heaven had to pay a high price for it.
Jesus endured sorrow and grief for our freedom.Verse 4 of Isaiah 53 says “surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isa. 53:4 KJV). He willingly humbled Himself to endure such griefs and sorrows which were not His in the first place. The truth is that even if you were the only one on earth that was lost, Jesus would still have come to save you. The parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 makes this very clear.
We are valuable in the sight of the Lord. He despised the shame, pain, disgrace and the agony and reached down in eternity to rescue us from the disaster of hell and to bring us into the very glory of God. We are thankful for our Savior.
Besides the physical pain inflicted on His body, what other forms of sorrow did Jesus have to endure from Isa. 53:3 above?
APPLY THE WORD
Always remember the price of your salvation and keep it in focus. Be grateful for the cross. Treasure your calling in Christianity for you have been bought with a high price.
Thank the Lord for coming as a Man to bear our sins and bring us to salvation. Tell Him how grateful you are that He would bear such agony to save you from the eternal doom of hell.