Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows is one of my favorite Christian hymns.  Written by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876), this hymn captures what Isaiah 53 seeks to communicate to us (especially verse 3) regarding the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah of God), our Savior.

Isaiah 53:1-3 reads as follows:

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  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 (italics mine for emphasis).

Reflecting on just these first three verses of Isaiah 53 which prophetically pointed the children of Israel to the coming Messiah (Jesus Christ), makes one truly appreciate the amazing grace of God; His great love towards sinners; and His infinite wisdom in devising a plan of salvation for fallen mankind!

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”  “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:33-36).

As we join hands with our fellow brothers and sisters around the world in remembering the sacrificial death of Christ in our place, let us sing for joy with grateful hearts in praise and adoration to the Lord God for His great redemption accomplished for us through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Man of Sorrows!  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

Man of Sorrows! What a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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