Jesus Christ, Man of Sorrow | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 11 –

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 Jesus Christ did not always have a happy life. Jesus Christ was not a handsome or attractive man. Jesus Christ was a sorrowful man, full of grief, rejected and despised.

 Sorrow:

Physical and mental pain

 What was the sorrow of Christ?

 The pain of Christ…You are being beaten, slapped, spat on, hated and cursed by those you are giving your life for? What was the sorrow of Christ? You spend years pouring yourself into a group of people who vow to follow you and be with you, and in your hour of need they all abandon you? What was the sorrow of Christ? Hours before you are captured, you crying out to God in great distress and pain, and your followers are asleep? What was the sorrow of Christ? Jerusalem, the people God had pursued for thousands of years, who waited for the Messiah, does not even receive or recognize Him, though He left the right hand of the Father to show them the way? What was the sorrow of Christ? Our sorrows that he carried.

Grief:

Sickness, disease, sadness, grief

 What was the grief of Christ?

That He bore in His body the sins of the world. He was perfect and NEVER committed sin, yet he was beaten so badly he was disfigured more than any man…for your sin and mine. The cross He suffered allows our healing today. Our grief He bore.

 Isaiah 53

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 5But 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.

So we see that Jesus was full of sorrow, grief, rejection from those He came to save! Since Jesus had such a hard life, did He seek to make it better? Was He seeking and reading on how to have His best life now? No, even still Jesus sought to do the will of the Father.

John 4:34

 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Matthew 8:16-18

 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 Jesus connection to the Father was so great, His love, devotion and faithfulness to Him were unmatched. He did all to please Him. This is our cue. We need not search out comfort, we need not search out vain and temporal happiness, but we have to seek the will of the Father, Jesus showed us the way.

 After Christ’s obedience was fulfilled did He not rise with all power? Did He not have total victory over death, hell and the grave? Jesus is definitely not suffering any longer, He is seated on the right hand of the Father forever. We should not expect half the grief and sorrow that Christ suffered, and God does promise to take care of us, and reward us in this life AND in the life to come for the things we give up or loose for His sake. He also promises us Joy in our fruitfulness and says we can be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. But the principle is that we do not SEEK the pleasures of life, but the will of the Father, this is what Jesus did. He had the transgression of the entire world laid on Him, He did not seek to relieve Himself from it, but He sought how He might fulfill obedience to God’s purpose for His life. He sought how to fulfill the scriptures that had prophesied of Him. And even when Peter said with good intentions that Jesus should not suffer, trying to show Him comfort and pity, Jesus rebuked Him, called Him satan, and told Peter that he did not savor the things of God, but the things of man.

Matthew 16

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

 Though Jesus had many sorrows we cannot even imagine, His focus was pleasing God, and His victory came from it, and will eternally spring from it as He receives His bride, and rules and reigns over heaven and earth eternally.

 So we must follow suit and not look for the easy way, the comfortable way, but we must savor the things that be of God, working to fulfill God’s call, not our own desires.

 The first commandment is to love God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength. And Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. So let’s seek to fulfill this call, and victory will come from this, and the rewards will follow us from earth to glory.

 Jesus Christ man of sorrow.

Jesus Christ, victorious forever.

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VICTORY OVERCOMES

VICTORY OVERCOMES

1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is God and King, and obedience to His commandments brings you Victory over the world, since He is the King of the World. But since He is currently waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool, it takes faith to make this victory happen  

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Let’s separate two elements of this scripture:

  1. Whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
  2. The victory that overcomes the world is our faith.

First you get victory through faith. Then, that victory overcomes the world by faith. Where does that faith come from? Its born from God.

Let’s resynthesize the elements of this scripture:

Whatever faith, belief, vision, confession, saying, profession, ministry, obedient action… that is born from, conceived from, originated from God the Father in Heaven… IS the VICTORY that is designed to overcome, conquer, and gain supremacy over… the world’s system, the world’s ways, the worlds sinful methods and strategies that originated in satan, sin, and the prince of this world.

Say “Lah.”

The faith that GOD gave you will always overcome the sinful ways and methods of the world. It’s a guarantee! But you must actively believe and confess it, and it must be born and originated from God.

Say “Lah” again…

Then say “HallelujaH, God I thank you for an original faith and vision given from you, not from my own mind or satan! I will continue to work the faith in Christ that you have given me, and watch it overcome the sinful ways of the world.”