Friday, May 08 2009
Key Verse: 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.”
1. Christ Bears Your Sorrows
V3 “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.”
Are you going through sorrows? Are you despised and rejected by men? Have you thought for a moment, the Son of God or God Himself, going through sorrows and grief, and was despised and rejected by men? You would have thought that Christ would be like the President of the most powerful nation of the world and people would have esteemed and exalted him greatly and gloriously and He would have been a man of happiness and joy. However, it was not the case. Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. Why? Jesus was despised and rejected of men because He preached to them to repent of their sins and wickedness, and no one would like to be rebuked and told of their sins.
2. Christ Bears Your Sufferings
V5 “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.”
Are you going through sufferings? Christ has gone through sufferings as He was wounded and bruised by the whipping and torture of the cruel Roman soldiers not for His sins or crimes that He had committed but for the sins that we have committed. Christ not only suffered physical pains but He also suffered emotional pains. He went through ingratitude and betrayal of the people He came to save and even experienced rejection by God, His Father, who forsook Him while He bore the sins of the whole world.
3. Christ Bears Your Sins
V10 “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
Are you in your sins? Confess and forsake your sins and wrong doings and turn to Christ who had already paid the price of your sins by His death on the cross.
Prayer of the Week
God, thank You so much for bearing my sorrows, sufferings and sins and help me not to be surprise when I am despised and rejected by men because You were also despised and rejected by men.
Action of the Week
Encourage and comfort those who are going through sorrows and sufferings to look to God and commit their sorrows and sufferings to Him.