How interesting it is to consider the titles of Jesus. They are quite numerous, absolutely, but they are all eternally connected in this God-Man and on display in all He is and does. Remember, Jesus does exactly what He is, meaning all of His actions line up perfectly with how He refers to Himself. With that being said, perhaps one of the most profound, yet underestimated names of our Christ is, Man of Many Sorrows.
Ponder this, it is of great value for one to be victorious over few trials, but labeling Jesus as a man many of sorrows, heightens the immense weight and importance of His victory. He was a man of many sorrows, but completely sinless and the perfect Second Adam to bring about salvation for man-kind. By seeing Him as burdened and greatly effected by pain, we can be even further awed by His claim in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”
You serve a Risen Savior who before His victory, was first well acquainted with grief, so that in Him, your grief may be shared, taken upon Him, and then taken away. Do not underestimate the Lord Jesus’ intimate connection with those He came to save. You were not redeemed from afar with little trouble and cost. Rather, pulling you from destruction cost the Triune God not only His Son, but also caused this very Son to be titled as one who experienced much anguish and sorrow even before His death on the cross.
Never again must you say, “No one will understand what I am going through.” If anyone can say such a thing and it be completely true, it would be Jesus Christ Himself. Your Savior knows exactly what you are going through multiplied by a thousand. He entered your mess so as to redeem it thoroughly and intimately.
I write this the day before Easter, the day after Good Friday. The only reason you can claim it is well with your soul, and consider Good Friday a good day, Church, is because your Savior was precisely a Man of Many Sorrows.
READ THIS CAREFULLY: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5)
words by Kylie Hultgren and photo by Ivy Hansen