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.
He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted,
Isaiah 53:3 -5, 7
Christ was chosen out of the people, that He might know our wants and sympathize with us. I believe some of the rich have no notion whatever of what the distress of the poor is. They have no idea of what it is to labor for their daily bread. They have a very faint conception of what a rise in the price of bread means; they do not know anything about it. And when we put men in power who never were of the people, they do not understand the art of governing us. But our great and glorious Jesus Christ is one chosen out of the people; and therefore He knows our wants.
Jesus suffered temptation and pain before us; our sickness He bore; weariness—He has endured it, for weary He sat by the well;
poverty—He knows it, for sometimes He had no bread to eat save that bread of which the world knows nothing; (John 4:32-34)
to be homeless—He knew that , too, for the foxes had holes and the birds of the air had nests, but He had nowhere to lay His head.
My fellow-Christian, there is o place where thou canst go, where Christ has not been before thee—sinful places alone excepted. He hath been before thee; He hath smoothed the way; He hath entered the grave, that He might make the tomb the royal bedchamber of the ransomed race, the closet where they lay aside the garments of labor to put o the vestments of eternal rest.
In all places whithersoever we go, the Angel of the covenant has been our
forerunner. Each burden we have to carry has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.
His way was much rougher and darker than mine;
Did Christ my Lord suffer and shall I repine?
Dear fellow-traveler, take courage! Christ has consecrated the road.
Charles Spurgeon, Springs in the Valley
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