Man of Sorrows

man-of-sorrows

December 15

Most of us live in a self-made society which runs from pain, sadness, and discomfort. We live to satisfy ourselves and our desires. We place personal happiness and comfort at a dangerously high value which means we often run from issues that cause cracks our  in fragile snow globe worlds.

Jesus as the  Man of Sorrows shakes our joyful Christmas mindset, and yet, without this name,

Without what this beautiful One did on the cross…

Without the fact that Jesus  left the splendor of His home in Heaven…

Without the agony of His last moments on Earth…

Christmas means nothing.

 

The joy of Christmas rests solely on the results of Easter, a cross and an empty tomb. Far too easily, we forget this.

In the garden of Gethsemane, we glimpse a raw Jesus in mental anguish over His  betrayal. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” (Matthew 26:38)

There was no plan B to satisfy God’s righteous wrath. Only Jesus…

Only Jesus could secure the salvation of mankind.

And He did. Jesus  willingly accepted the path before Him…the greatest gift was based on the greatest injustice.

Knowing this and knowing Jesus had the power to stop  it all with just one word…

BUT…

His great love for us compelled Him. Willingly suffering, humbling Himself, allowing Himself-the Prince of Heaven-the Son of God–to be mocked, beaten and ridiculed by the very ones He came to save.

And He did it all for love…in obedience to  the Father…for us.

“Man of Sorrows, what a name

For the Son of God who came.

Ruined sinners to reclaim…

Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

 

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