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. Isa. 53:3.
few have any conception of the anguish which rent the heart of the Son of
God during His thirty years of life upon earth. The path from the manger to
Calvary was shadowed by sorrow and grief. He was the Man of Sorrows, and endured
such heartache as no human language can portray. He could have said in truth,
“Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow” (Lam.
1:12). His suffering was the deepest anguish of the soul; and what man could
have sympathy with the soul anguish of the Son of the infinite God? Hating
sin with a perfect hatred, He yet gathered to His soul the sins of the whole
world, as He trod the path to Calvary, suffering the penalty of the transgressor.
Guiltless, He bore the punishment of the guilty; innocent, yet offering Himself
to bear the penalty of the transgression of the law of God. The punishment
of the sins of every soul was borne by the Son of the infinite God. The guilt
of every sin pressed its weight upon the divine soul of the world’s
Redeemer. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him. In assuming the nature of man, He placed Himself where He was
wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, that by His stripes
we might be healed.
His humanity Christ was tried with as much greater temptation, with as much
more persevering energy than man is tried by the evil one, as His nature was
greater than man’s. This is a deep mysterious truth, that Christ is
bound to humanity by the most sensitive sympathies. The evil works, the evil
thoughts, the evil words of every son and daughter of Adam press upon His
divine soul. The sins of men called for retribution upon Himself, for He had
become man’s substitute, and took upon Him the sins of the world. He
bore the sins of every sinner, for all transgressions were imputed unto Him.
. . . “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?”
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 119, 120.