Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Easter Hymn Reflections – Man of Sorrows

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Week One – Day 4 – Thursday, March 10, 2016

Man of Sorrows, What a Name –

1 Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

3 Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was he,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

4 He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

5 When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Isaiah 53:3-6 English 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.

John 19:30 English Standard Version (ESV)

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

O – Having read this passage over the passing of a few days this week, it is interesting to note that the “Word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword.”  I have read this passage, and each day, seen a different layer of the crucifixion and passion of Jesus Christ.  Today – a “Man of Sorrows.”

Jesus was SO alone in this moment.  Despised by men, bearing my sin and shame, suffering physical agony, and having the iniquity of EVERYONE on Him.  In addition, His own Father turned His back on Him, unable to look at the sin He bore.  Truly, he was a “man of sorrows.”  But, He did this for a reason – to heal us, “ruined sinners to reclaim,” “sealed my pardon with His blood,” “sacrificed to set us free!”  Now, yes – we can sing, “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”

He was able to say “It is finished,” as His death paid the price for our sins.  In His death, we have life!    But the story isn’t over yet – He is now in heaven, exalted – and will be coming back to “his ransomed home to bring.”  The ones that He ransomed (bought back) will be going back to heaven (home) – with Him!  Forever!  Hallelujah, what a  Savior!

A – I don’t think I’ll sing or hear this song again, without remembering what He endured – for me.  As I listed what He endured, I thought that I have not had anything even close to this in my life – and He did this for me.   Despised and hated by men, suffering so physically and emotionally, the alone-ness in this, the scoffing by others when He was carrying and then hung on the cross, the rejection by His Father – all in bearing my sin.  Why do I not live with that knowledge every moment of my life?  Why do I gloss over it, singing these hymns, and not weeping as I realize the price He paid?  May I always have this sensitive remembering, and living out of my gratitude for His sacrifice!

P – Father God, Your Son paid the price for me, so I could have a relationship with You.  I pray that Your Holy Spirit would continue to prick my heart, keeping it tender and full of realization of the price Jesus paid for my life.  I am amazed at the extent of His sacrifice, wincing at my callous singing and reading of His death.  Father God, I am so thankful for Your willingness to accept His sacrifice and payment of my sins.  May I live in the tender remembrance of His sacrifice, and live worthy of His price.  Father, He will come again – for me!  May I share this living hope with those around me today.


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