A SPIRITUAL VIEW OF REDEMPTION (Continued)
ISAIAH 53: 4-5 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.
Now certain that Christ Jesus hath borne our griefs, we will continue to seek His Spirit as He comforts us in the truth that He also carried our sorrows. To carry means to bear a load as one would expect. Jesus knew no sin; therefore, the sorrows belonged to mankind. Sorrow means pain that is both physical and mental. This pain is much more than a scrape or bruise as we know it in the natural. This pain has the force of sin behind it. The fallen man, Adam, in his disobedience, unleashed a load of pain that man was unable to bear. Isaiah would later say that The Existing One shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Alleluia!
Grief and sorrow are the result of separation from God or spiritual death. It is interesting that the meaning of sorrow is also translated grief at times. Particularly, Jeremiah 45:3 quotes Baruch who wrote in a book, "Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest." It is plain to see by Baruch’s witness what the lot of mankind would have been had Christ not carried our sorrows. In Christ we have the assurance that "...God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away_Revelation 21:4."