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Names of Jesus: Man of Sorrows

Names of Jesus Man of Sorrows

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Names of Jesus: Man of Sorrows

Isaiah 53 is one of the prophecies about Jesus Christ, the Suffering Servant, nearly 800 years before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. The prophet Isaiah penned several prophecies about the Suffering Servant. They foretell a coming Messiah who would suffer for the sake of deliverance and reconciliation. In Isaiah 53, we read about the Suffering Servant being led like a lamb to the slaughter, as well as further sufferings the Messiah would endure. When Jesus came, nearly 800 years after the prophecies of Isaiah 53, He fulfilled every single aspect of this prophecy, which rightfully gives Him the names of Suffering Servant and Man of Sorrows.

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no [a]form or [b]comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no [c]beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and [d]rejected by men,
A Man of [e]sorrows and acquainted with [f]grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our [g]griefs
And carried our [h]sorrows;
Yet we [i]esteemed Him stricken,
[j]Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:2-4 NKJV
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What is sorrow?

Sorrow is a mental and physical pain and depression. It is deep and severe. When David was being hunted by his own son, at risk of death constantly, David was deeply grieved by sorrow. David was anguished. This is a sorrow of body and soul, just as the prophecy tells of the Messiah.

17 For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in [a]anguish over my sin.
19 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong;
And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
20 Those also who render evil for good,
They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.

Psalm 38:17-20 NKJV

What is grief?

Grief is a physical and spiritual sickness, anxiety, calamity, and malady. This same word is used to describe a wound of violence against Jerusalem, as well as many physical diseases and even plagues in the Old Testament. Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, is acquainted with grief. This acquaintance is a deep, divine knowing. It is the same word used when referring to God knowing His creation deeply, and His creation knowing Him. It is a recognition, discernment, and revelation. For Jesus to be acquainted with grief is for Him to be deeply aware of, and experienced with, grief.

As a fountain [a]wells up with water,
So she wells up with her wickedness.
Violence and plundering are heard in her.
Before Me continually are[b]grief and wounds.

Jeremiah 6:7 NKJV

What is godly sorrow?

In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul teaches us about godly sorrow. Grief that causes repentance and leads someone to salvation is godly sorrow. This is in contrast with sorrow that leads to death and destruction, which is worldly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is caused by remaining in sin whereas godly sorrow leads to salvation and reconciliation with God.

  • Sorrow, grief – G3077 – lypē
    • sorrow, pain, grief, annoyance, affliction

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NKJV

13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, [a]to repentance.”

Matthew 9:13 NKJV

What leads to sorrow and grief?

The sorrows and grief that the Man of Sorrows carried were for our transgressions. For the sins and wickedness of the world, Jesus bore our grief and carried our sorrows. He became like one of us, becoming fully man and fully God, and lived a human life in which He experienced immense pain and suffering firsthand. During His ministry, He also displayed His deep knowledge of grief by healing the afflictions of so many people. Sin leads to sorrow and grief.

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV

Sorrow and grief are the results of sin and wickedness. Sin grieves God, and the sorrows imparted on Jesus were because of the sins of the world. We are grieved and experience our own sorrow because of the curse of sin on all mankind. We live in a sin-filled world that is contaminated by the presence of sin and evil, and sin leads to destruction. This destruction is eternal separation from God and all that is good.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

Romans 4:23-25 NKJV

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 NKJV
sin leads to sorrow

15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

James 1:15 NKJV

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified [a]freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a [b]propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:23-26 NKJV

When Jesus bore the full weight of all the sins of the world as He hung on the cross to die, He bore our grief and carried our sorrow, and experienced that separation from God at that moment. He knew the ultimate grief and sorrow as He carried all the world’s sins so that we would not have to suffer that sorrow for eternity.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46 NKJV

Why did Jesus carry our sorrow?

Jesus bore our griefs, and He was also acquainted with grief. To be our Messiah, our Great High Priest, Jesus had to know our grief firsthand. He had to experience the same pains and sufferings we experience. He also had a knowledge of grief by healing the ailments and afflictions of so many we read about in scripture. Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, carried the sorrows and griefs of the world so that those who believe in Him as the Man of Sorrows would not have to bear their own sorrow for eternity.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Romans 5:7-9 NKJV

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines [a]and troubles. These are the beginnings of [b]sorrows.

Mark 13:8 NKJV

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

Psalm 32:10 NKJV

Why should I believe in the Man of Sorrows?

Jesus died so that we would not have to be separated from God forever. Because God loves us so much that even though we deserve this death He sent His One and Only Son to die in our place so we could be reconciled to Him if we have faith in the blood that was spilled for our sake. Choosing to have faith in the Man of Sorrows leads to freedom from bondage to sin, and gives you personal access to God, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the strength of Jesus Christ over sin in your life.

34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with [a]carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may [b]be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

With faith comes guidance through this life, leading us in the ways of God, and preparing us for eternity with Him. We must be watchful, always aware that Christ could return at any time, and we should be found ready for Him as His Bride when He returns. Faith enables us to endure to the end, resisting the evils of the world, and heals us of worldly sorrows because of unrepented sin.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:19 NKJV

Sin leads to death, and for those who never choose to believe in the Man of Sorrows, death is a permanent, eternal death of their relationship with God. While we draw breath, there is still the opportunity to choose faith in Jesus Christ. We never know how much longer we have, so we never know when our last opportunity to believe will be.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:9-11 NKJV
what is the difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow


Have you accepted the grace of God?

If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.


If you would like to learn more about salvation, you can find a couple of studies that may help here:

  1. Names of Jesus: Savior
  2. Don’t Neglect Your Salvation
  3. Prayer of Salvation
  4. What is grace and why do we need it?
  5. What does it mean to be justified by grace?
  6. Don’t Reject God’s Grace
  7. Don’t Reject Christ
  8. Godly Women – what it means to live a godly life
  9. Redeemed Women – what it means to be redeemed
  10. What is Biblical Love?
  11. What are Spiritual Gifts?
  12. How to live in Spirit and Truth
  13. How to test what is pleasing to God
  14. Names of Jesus as the Son of God
  15. Names of Jesus as the Son of Man
  16. Names of Jesus as the Truth

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