A Man of Sorrows.

(Isaiah 53)

We live in a world where people want to display their position, power and strength. Today there is a lot of pressure on young people to focus on their appearance and look good. This is encouraged by Bollywood and Hollywood film industry. Their world is made of their wealth and position. It is about how good they can look. There is this idea you have to look good or you don’t fit in the modern day culture. It appears we are judged by our physical appearance. The latest hairstyle and the latest clothes.

On the other hand daily we see images of hungry children in our world, war, natural disasters, suffering and extreme unfairness. The question is where does God fit in this mess?

In a world of suffering and pain, we are informed Jesus was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief and suffering. There was nothing in Jesus which attracted people to him. He was so disfigured from the beatings he took from the Roman soldiers.  He was despised and rejected by men. Jesus knew rejection.

What was his punishment for? Surely he took our sins and bore our suffering. We thought his punishment was sent by God. He did not say a word, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter.

The challenge for us is to give our psychological and physical pain to Jesus. We are told he bore our grief and physical pain. We can hand it over to Jesus and trust him. It’s like saying, “Please Jesus carry all my pain and hurts as I can’t do it.” When we are going through psychological turmoil or physical pain we just want someone to come along side us and carry our pain to relieve us of it.

The key to any problem in life is to hand it over to God. We need divine help to do this.

Dear Jesus

You experienced suffering and pain,

You understand my pain and suffering,

        You understand all the things I have been through,

Please bring healing to every part of my mind, body and soul,

Please heal those I have hurt.

Thank You.

By harbajan (servant of Jesus) 19/04/24