The most wonderful news ever told or narrated would have to be the message of the cross. The crucified Jesus. The burial of Christ is the most relevant message and by far the most powerful and fulfilling of all news.The resurrection of Jesus, is the most evident victory known to mankind.Depression is the thing of yesterday if we could just let this message sink in our spirits and come alive within us.
Isaiah 53, 3: 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. 53, 4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 53, 5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
There is a song by Hillsong United I love so much called man of sorrows. Just 2 beginning verses of the songs, goes something like this.
“Man Of Sorrows”
Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid
Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father’s will
He took a crown of thorns
Isn’t this beautiful? Silent as he stood accused, with you and I in His mind. There was a higher purpose to all the submission he allowed himself to go under. He bore our sorrows. This, He did for us not to be subjected by sorrows and depression today, hence the book of Isiah depicts Jesus as a man of sorrows. This part of the book of Isaiah is really amazing, talking about Jesus years before His birth. I like another translation that says by His blows we were made whole. Going on it says that by His stripes we are healed. Not by our own ability of living right. Not by our own holy living but by His stripes.
We can not certainly be approving just part of this scripture that says that He was bruised for our iniquities then we think that everything after that has to do with our own abilities and efforts. Believing that you get your blessings because you are living a life of purity is a faulty belief system. Jesus became a man of sorrows that we might be a nation of joy and jubilee. Jesus became sin so that we would be declared as the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus took all the blows so that we might be whole.
Acts 8, 5: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
I just love this so much, Philip preached Christ, he went to a city and preached one thing. He didn’t preach the law of Moses. He preached Jesus.How beautiful is this,he didn’t preach the message of Jesus,He preached Jesus. No wonder the Aspotles would be imprisoned from time time,even killed. They must have been preaching something 180°c in a different direction than what was a norm to the priests. The law of Moses was highly exalted and preached but once Jesus was preached, it interfered with this doctrine. Could it be that Philip spoke of how Jesus was a man of sorrows? How He bore the sin of the world? How they have been redeemed from the curse by not keeping the law but by simply believing in Jesus? This man of sorrows.There must have surely been something different that the Aspotles preached that was so different from what was taught by the Jews.
Acts 10, 44: While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Before this verse, Peter was preaching about how Jesus was crucified, buried and risen from the grave. How this man of Sorrows had come to change the way we would think about God today. What if Peter would have preached the law of Moses and all 613 do’s and don’ts, I wonder if the Holy Ghost would have fallen on them if they had heard Peter preach the law. Instead, Peter preached Jesus, the Man of Sorrows.
Once again, Jesus is our message. He is the man of Sorrows. In Him there is life, in Him we are whole