Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Easter Hymn Reflections – Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

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Week One – Day 2 –

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted – Fernando Ortega – Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
’Tis a true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed!
See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
Christ the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.

Isaiah 53:3-7English Standard Version (ESV)

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 pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.

Acts 4:11-12English Standard Version (ESV)

11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Romans 4:25English Standard Version (ESV)

25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

O – These passages all recite the enormity of what Christ did for us.  Yesterday, we read the same passage from Isaiah, and then added another verse to the passage.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not complain or yell at God.  He was silent, bearing all this pain without voicing it or blaming God.  He was rejected by those He came to save.  He was betrayed by one whom He loved.  WHY?   Because –

  • He was wounded FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS
  • He was crushed FOR OUR INIQUITIES (sin, wrongdoings)
  • The punishment required for sin FELL ON HIM
  • By His stripes WE ARE HEALED
  • There is SALVATION IN NO ONE ELSE
  • There is NO OTHER NAME by which WE MUST BE SAVED
  • He was delivered up FOR OUR TRESPASSES
  • He was raised FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION

A – Listening to this song really  pounded home, for me, the great sorrow that Christ endured – for me.  Music ministers to my soul like nothing else.  The melancholy tune, along with the words, set the stage for meditating on what Christ endured.  While I realized all the POSITIVE of what Christ has done for me, today I also realize the COST – to HIM.   His wounds, His rejection by others, His punishment (although He didn’t deserve it) – all for me.  In exchange, I receive salvation, justification, and right standing with God – although I don’t deserve it!  I think that was what I was hoping for in this study – to become more aware of what Christ did – for me.  I want to personalize His death and resurrection.

P – Father God – bring to me the continued realization of the deep cost of my salvation.  I don’t want to take it lightly.  Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, rejected by those He came to save, the strikes against Him, but the greatest wound of all was the one from my sins.  It was more than all the physical torture, or the emotional wrenching by the rejection of his friends and family.  Father, I have felt rejection, and pain, but NOTHING like Your Son’s pain from enduring my sin.  Thank You, Father.  Thank You, Jesus.  I want to live my life with this realization – so that I don’t waste Your sacrifice.  I love You.  Teach me to live in that love – demonstrated to You and to those around me.

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