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Celebrating The Everlasting King – Day 23

Celebrating The Everlasting King – Day 23

Man of Sorrows


Many learned the name for Christ, Man of Sorrows, not just from the book of Isaiah but also from Handel’s Messiah. The great musical work, Messiah, includes three parts: the hope and prophecy of a Messiah, Christ’s suffering and despair, and the triumph of redemption. Messiah is an annual tradition that musical companies perform for Christmas and Easter across countries, cultures, languages and styles.


The Man of Sorrows is referred to in Part 2, Christ’s suffering and despair. Here are the other verses sung in this reflection of Messiah’s willingness to suffer for our sin:

Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
He was despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3)

He gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50:6)
Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. (Isaiah 53:4, 5)
And with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn, they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads saying:  He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him. (Psalm 22:7-8)
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart; He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man; neither found He any to comfort Him. (Psalm 69:20)
Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow. (Lamentations 1:12)
He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of Thy people was He stricken. (Isaiah 53:8)
But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption. (Psalm 16:10)


To read again God’s sacrificial suffering for His people is to honor His gift of Himself for our deliverance.


There is an account of Handel dedicating the proceeds of a performance to benefit inmates of a debtors’ prison. They were set free by the gift. I too am a freed inmate, released from my bonds when Christ paid my debt of sin. I thank God for The Man of Sorrows.


Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and abandoned by men, a man of great pain and familiar with sickness; and like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we had no regard for Him.

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