The Book of Isaiah- Is.53:3-8 “The Man of Sorrows”

Man’s disobedience may seem a trifle but in the manner it spreads a slow contagion affecting the whole can be understood as the butterfly effect, and chaos it sows.  This is what we see about us. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:(Ro.5:12)” It is seen even in our time. US Presidential campaign of 2016 was controversial and caused flurry of  shock waves but none of which has died down. Its consequences shall continue changing lives of private citizens and go into the future generations as well. It has touched China Iran and far ends of the earth. Think of so many ripples of the past similarly adding to what each of us set off. We are changed as well as we also change in subtle fashion lives of others. Sin as a fallen man similarly spreads and combined effect of so many causes misery and untold evil at the other end. It is as simple as Adam eating of the forbidden fruit and Cain killing his brother in one generation. If we consider a war from same sequence happening in a matter of millennia it is not mind boggling, Or is it? It is thus death of Jesus falls into perspective where we have Adam at one end and death of Jesus and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70. By same token dispersion of the Jews and the holocaust in Europe are sin given another lease of life by actions of sinful men in their foolish misbegotten ‘business-as-usual approach to their times.  Sin causes indeed disproportionate damages.

Jesus did no sin and knew no sin and yet he was planted in our midst by God, Prophet Isaiah here compares him to a lamb brought to the slaughter. “He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken”. Who shall call God unjust without knowing what Righteousness of God would entail? When Isaiah writes, ‘we esteemed him not’ what does it really mean? On looking at Jesus as the man of sorrows’ it is our own sin that we are confronting and it is no pleasant. This truism we see even about us. In schools children gang up on some because they resemble their own failings in sharper colors and it goads them to fury. For the same reason those who pick on LGBTQ are too conscious of their own sexuality. It is as simple as that. We nurse our  sinful nature and see nothing amiss. When God placed his Son in his generation the Pharisees and the elders were sure he was in cahoots with Beelzebub. Had they known God as really He was they would looked at the man of sorrows and accepted his own failings to have caused sorrow.

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.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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