Jesus: A Man of Sorrows
By David J. Stewart
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief..." (Isaiah 53:3)
Contrary to the health, wealth and prosperity image of Jesus Christ that Charismatics put forth, He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Jesus said He had no pillow to place His head upon at night... "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20). Jesus was homeless.
Everywhere Jesus went, He was scorned and ridiculed because of His youth... "Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?" (John 8:57). Yet, Jesus spake as no man had ever spoken... "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man" (John 7:46). Jesus was a remarkable young man who spoke with Authority, i.e., the Truth of God's Word; and He was hated for it... "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham" (John 8:40). "And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not" (John 8:45). Jesus was sorrowful that the Jews didn't believe His Word.