A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief..Isaiah 53:3
The word sorrow in the verse can be translated as physical and mental anguish. The word grief can mean anxiety, sickness or grief.
This man in Isaiah 53:3 is not some poor, desperate man. He is not a lost soul, friendless and lacking knowledge of God. No. This scripture is about the son of God Himself. The very incarnation of all that God is.
How can this be? Shouldn’t Jesus be the happiest, most well adjusted man ever to walk in this planet. I’m certain He was. Yet, contrary to many religious teachings of the 21st Century, Jesus lived a life that was both intimate with God and intimate with suffering. This paradox does not sit well with the American version of Christianity.
The American version of Jesus only experiences victory, financial prosperity, wonderful health and relational peace. If by some chance this Jesus encounters anything to the contrary, he has a plastic smile to replace his tears because he wants to demonstrate that he is doing his part to make it “on Earth as it is in Heaven” and of course there is no suffering in Heaven. The followers of this Jesus are very uncomfortable in situations that require long suffering and patience. Their Jesus fixes these things and when He doesn’t the sufferer is to blame.
So what about the real Jesus? The true Son of God? The real Jesus was and is, well, real. He suffered in His own heart, mind and body. He suffered for us and with us. And though it is ultimately true that He paid the price for our freedom from sin, and sickness and pain, it is also true that we will suffer while on this planet. And when we do, we can know that we serve a God that is not only able to heal and perform miracles but He is also able to feel and understand our very human suffering. He knows the only way to the miracle is through the cross and that just like Him, we have to take up our cross to get there.
If you find yourself in a place of sorrow and grief you can take comfort in the fact that Jesus has gone before you and He is in it with you. We suffer as humans for so many different reasons and in many different ways. It is not necessarily Godly or ungodly to suffer. It is human.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions, and God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3