Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 1st, 2017
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV)
He Has Borne Our Griefs
Long before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah spoke by the Spirit about a Saviour who would come. All of these things spoken about Him were fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross. And, He did it all on our behalf. What a Saviour!
The Great Depression of the 1930’s afflicted some parts of Canada to a greater degree than others. On the Prairies of western Canada, the economic problems were worsened by years of drought, as well as hail storms and plagues of grasshoppers both of which caused huge crop failures. Saskatchewan’s provincial income plummeted by 90% within two years, due to the lowest price for wheat in recorded history. 66% of the rural population were forced onto relief. The other western provinces were technically bankrupt from 1932 onwards. Although Ontario and Québec experienced heavy unemployment, they were less severely afflicted because of their more diversified industrial economies, which produced goods and services for the protected domestic market. The Maritimes had already entered into severe economic decline in the 1920s and had less distance to fall.
When we go through times of grieving, how we wish that someone could carry that grief and pain for us. When we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, how we wish someone could carry that sorrow for us. It is a terribly lonely and painful time. The prophet Isaiah understood the pain that comes from being human. Being a prophet, however, God revealed some things to him that have brought great hope to those who are suffering under the sin in their own lives and the results of sin in our world. Isaiah looked ahead to a day when the Messiah would step into the world, and he writes in Isaiah 53:4: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” The Messiah was not going to arrive as the conquering hero – at least not the first time He would come. He would come as the suffering Saviour. Isaiah was seeing ahead to the coming of Jesus into the world. And God gave him a unique vision of what Jesus would accomplish. He would be stricken, afflicted and killed. As horrible as this sounds, and it was worse than we can imagine, it was all for a purpose. Jesus bore the pain of our grief and carried our sorrows. Grief loses its sting when death has been defeated and sorrow becomes less intense with the promise of eternal life. This is what Jesus has provided. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.