Man of Sorrow, What a Name

Posted: August 16, 2016 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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“Weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief…” Psalm 6:6–7; Here are the expressions of a grieving heart. Many people feel such grief like waves crashing on the beach, a relentless soul eroding crashing of waves.

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Expressions of grief and sorrow can bear heavily upon body and soul. Whether sorrow is the result of incidents near or far, it is taxing. Grief, sadness, sorrow, mourning, and heartache are just some of the different forms, or various levels of strain upon the afflicted heart. The poetic expression of the heart’s cry and prayer of the soul should be where a follower of Christ goes when pressed in such a manner. Psalm 31:9, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.”

Even so, in the dark night of the soul where a heart is crying out to God, there is the hope of future glory to rejoice in, which is beautiful. Suffering and loss will only be for a season; “His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Though these measures of comfort do not always make the grief we share easier, nor do they take the evil we gaze upon away, thereby failing to make the situation better, there is at least the confident hope that suffering will only last for a moment. This is still true even if the moment spans the length of our vapor like lives; here one minute and gone the next. The suffering we share in Christ is something leading exultant rejoicing. 2 Corinthians 4:17–18, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

This momentary affliction has an end point because of the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. His life and death bring about justice, mercy, grace, and a restoring of the fallen world in which we live. Isaiah 53:3–4, “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.”

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While walking with one another in Christ Jesus our Lord, let us keep our eyes upon Christ Jesus, who is unseen and eternal; remembering Christ Jesus’ sufferings, acquaintance with grief, and bearing of sorrows for those whom He loves. Remember Jesus Christ came to save from the sorrows of sin and death.

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