I’ve been hungry and alone,
Satan tempted me to sin,
Betrayed by a disciple,
And deserted by my friends.
I am a Man of Sorrows,
I’ve been acquainted with grief,
Falsely accused and sentenced,
To be crucified with thieves.
I understand great heartache,
I’ve experienced that pain,
Despised in my suffering,
I was spit upon in shame.
Forsaken by my Father,
He did not answer my cry,
My mother was looking on,
As the soldiers pierced my side.
I was beaten and bleeding,
Crushed for your iniquity,
The wounds I took brought healing,
Punishment to bring you peace.
I endured the Father’s wrath,
In anguish beyond degree,
But redeemed my beloved Bride,
Yes, I died to set you free.
Behind the lines
Romans 12:15 calls the Christian to weep with those who weep. Yet, we often cannot fully comprehend the grief of others affected by tragedy, abuse, illness, and the sudden and awful loss of life.
While we cannot fully sympathize with them, there is One who can and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Man of Sorrows and He alone can bring true healing. He has overcome evil and the grave with His first coming, and will one day come again to forever banish all evil, all suffering, all death, and all tears. To that we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Meanwhile, Romans 12:9-21 also calls us to let our love be genuine and to abhor evil and hold fast to what is good. May we love one another with brotherly affection. May we rejoice in the hope we have in Christ, have patience in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. May we share the good news of Christ with others so they too can see evil and goodness through the lens of the cross.
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 (Isaiah 53:3-6 ESV).