Isaiah 53:4….Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.
Jesus has been described as ‘the man of sorrows.’
The word ‘surely’ in the above scripture emphasises the fact that Jesus took and carried our sorrows to Calvary. He took my sorrow that I have no need to experience it.
Of course in our human nature we all need to address the fact that at different times in our lives sorrow does affect us. But let us look at what the word of God says about sorrow….
Firstly, 2 Corinth 7:10 states that Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
There is a godly sorrow which has purpose in my life to bring me to repentance, this is the conviction of the Spirit to produce fruit in my life and to change my way of thinking. But the sorrow of the world, which is deep regret and bitterness should have no part in my experience once I have been brought to a place of repentance before God.Jesus the man of sorrows has carried them for me to Calvary!
We all, at some time or another experience the sorrow of loss of a loved one, or the sorrow and pain of difficult circumstances, e.g. being betrayed by friends or family, misunderstood, falsely accused etc. etc.
But the servant is not greater than his master, and all these situations, Jesus took the pain of. So I don’t have to.
We all have God given emotions, but when my emotions become my masters and rule my life I am in a bad place. Emotions are good servants but bad masters!
Again let us take a fresh look at what God’s word says about sorrow….
Prov 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and addeth NO SORROW. (my emphasis) When I am experiencing wordly sorrow ( which worketh death,) I am eating from the wrong source….God said to Adam and Eve that they must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because they disobeyed, God said in Genesis 3:16 unto the women, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”….and Adam he cursed the ground and told him “in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”
Wordly sorrow is part of the curse caused by the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. But praise be to God, for sending Jesus, the second Adam to restore God’s original purpose to our lives. He took our sorrows and opened a new and living way for us… Rom 15:13 There is joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.