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The Man of Sorrows – Part III – The Realization of What our Attitude Should be at Christmas Because of His Suffering

The truth we find in Isaiah 53 of Christ’s suffering upon the cross should bring us to the realization of what our attitude should be at Christmas. Isaiah 53:1-12 – “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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 u…

The Man of Sorrows – Part II / The Reality of Our Joy Because of His Sufferings

We looked very quickly at the sufferings of our Saviour Jesus Christ in our last blog. We saw Isaiah 53 in order to bring this out. Isaiah 53:1-12 – “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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 o…

The Man of Sorrows – Part I / The Reality of Christ’s Sufferings

Many times I believe our attitude about Christmas can get a little off kilter. This happens by the world around us and its materialistic focus. Because of this we often forget what Jesus Christ had to go through in order for us to even celebrate this season as we do. A great passage to clue us into the reality of Christ’s sufferings is Isaiah 53. Many of you may be familiar with this passage but it is always good to go over it again and again, especially in this season, so that we might love our Saviour more, and acknowledge what He went through for us. Isaiah 53:1-12 – “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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…

A Word Spoken

Words are very powerful. Once they are spoken there is no changing them. That is why I often say you are master of the unspoken word but the spoken word is master of you. In our society, however, the value of our words is not realized and is often ignored. Yet, when you speak something you should be a man or a woman of your word. If you are not then nobody can bank anything on you. You may continue to speak but nobody is going to put a lot of weight on your words because they are unreliable at best. To speak out of control with only emotion and no thought is always a dangerous proposition. It is better to be silent in these situations. I Thessalonians 4:10-11 – “And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;” If people were forced to abide by their word I guarantee we would not let our wo…