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He Has Borne Our Griefs

By Watchman | April 8, 2009

“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.  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; et we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  (Isaiah 53:3-6)

“..He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  (Isaiah 53:12)

     What an amazing chapter Isaiah has given us about Jesus the Messiah!  Had this passage been first written in an epistle by Paul or Peter it would have been a true blessing for all who would ever read it.  That it was written seven hundred years before the life and death of our Lord Jesus makes it an unparalleled miracle and a sure sign of the infallibility of both the Scriptures and the prophets who wrote much of the Old Testament.    Isaiah reminds us today that God’s perfect plan of atonement and our redemption was being prepared since the original, sinful fall of man in the Garden  of Eden.   Now in Holy Week 2009, I’d like to  reflect on this one, perfect sacrifice  made once that we might all inherit eternal life .

      When God first created Adam and Eve as the first-born of all mankind, He had intended man to be in a special covenant relationship with Him.  He intended to allow man to walk and talk with Him as His very own children.  When Satan first tempted Adam and Eve into sinning against the Father, what was he trying to do?  After all, God had the power to create or annihilate–He was Creator of the entire universe–so what was bringing sin into the world supposed to accomplish?  I believe that Satan’s purpose was to break the heart of God.  Of course Satan wanted power and dominion over the earth, but he also wanted to lure God’s children away from Him so that God would have to repudiate the very children He had created and loved.  And what grief it must have caused the heart of God, and what grief He continues to suffer as He watches His beloved children continue in their rebellion against Him!  But Satan underestimated several things:  the extent of the loving heart of God, and the extent to which the Father would go to redeem His family from the enemy.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   (John 3:16)

     Jesus is God: He is a part of God–breathed out (begotten) by the Father before the world began.  God is love, but love must have some object in order to manifest itself.  Jesus’ beginning was not in a stable in Bethlehem, Judea two thousand years ago, although that is when He took on His humanity and began living the perfect and precious life on earth that would reconcile us to the Father.  He was present at the time of creation, and He was involved in the decision to bring redemption to the earth by way of His own death.  His Father loved Him dearly, yet in order to bridge the chasm that sin had created between Him and mankind, He offered His begotten Son as a ransom for our souls.  How He must have grieved to see His Son spat upon, beaten, tortured with nails driven into His wrists and feet and hung on a Roman cross to die!  And how it grieves me when I realize that my sins put my precious Lord upon that cross just as surely as did the sins of the most vile and monstrous murderers!  Have you considered, beloved of Christ, what Jesus suffered up on the cross?  Crucifixion was a horrendous and tortuous form of death, but Jesus was not the only person to endure it.  He was, however, the only innocent to ever die with the weight of the sins of the whole world on His heart.  Jesus, the perfect and righteous Lamb of God, died with the guilt of all people for all time upon Him.  Has any sin you’ve committed ever caused you the discomfort of guilt?  Imagine that feeling magnified millions upon millions of times, as He absorbed the guilt of every murder, every theft, every unkindness, every adultery, every act of perversion or shame, every witchcraft and every act of rebellion that had ever and would ever be committed.   The sorrow must have been as intolerable as the physical pain He suffered, and yet what did He pray to the Father?  “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  

     Yes, sacrificing His Son grieved the Father, but He loves us so much that He allowed Jesus to shed His own blood to redeem us from our lives of sin and death.  What an awesome God He is!  Jesus overcame death and hell so that we might once again talk and walk with the Lord in covenant love!  We continue to sin, and He continues to forgive!  We continue to ignore Him and even bring shame to His name, yet He continues to call us to His side, and all of heaven rejoices when a sinner accepts Christ into his heart and is saved!  What joy He brings to His people, and what anticipation for the eternity in His presence He has placed in our hearts.  Jesus has bought us, paid our debts and granted everlasting life to all who live in Him! 

The Lord is Risen, Indeed!





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