Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Benenden

Daily Scripture & Reflection

23 Mar 2021, 9 a.m.
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Daily Scripture

From the Thanksgiving Prayer (Isaiah 53.3)

‘As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, your only Son was lifted up the He might draw the whole world to Himself’

Daily Reflection

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">We are used to speaking of Jesus as 'light of the world', 'hope for our salvation', and other positive, uplifting phrases. Perhaps these are easy to believe when things are going well for us and life is good. But they aren't always that easy to believe when life takes a turn for the worse, are they? In this verse, we see a different depiction of Jesus - a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, loss and pain. Here is the human Jesus - the God who rolled up his sleeves and entered into the middle of all of our mess, the God who loved us all so much, that He wanted to be with us and draw us close to Him, whatever the cost. The wonder of the human Jesus, is that, in Him, we see a God who has walked in our shoes, who has experienced the joy and the pain of being human - a God we can relate to. Jesus, man of sorrows, gentle and accessible friend. As we enter Holy Week next week, let's take time to think of our Saviour, who has surely "borne our grief, and carried our sorrows and pain" with Him, all the way to the cross.</span>

Vicki Young