Christ: “Man of Sorrows” and “Touched With the Feeling of Our Infirmities”
By Ken K. Gourdin
I must confess no small difficulty in understanding people who think that the All-Knowing, All-Loving, Lord of the Universe couldn’t possibly understand their problems. (Although, to be fair, in fleeting moments of weakness, sometimes I do wonder, how mindful He is of me).
Isaiah called the Savior “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3 KJV). The Apostle Paul wrote of Him that “we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15 KJV).
Writings accepted by Latter-day Saints as scripture are even more explicit. In Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19, the Savior Testified:
16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
Similarly, the Book of Mormon prophet Alma the Elder prophesied of Christ in Alma Chapter 7, Verses 11 and 12. He said:
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
In response to another poster at Mormon Dialogue and Discussion Board, who talked of the difficulty Christ experienced in carrying his own cross (“I’ll bet it was no barrel of laughs,” he said), I added:
Or being scourged, or wearing a crown of three-or-four-inch thorns, or being mocked, or having people tell you that you cast out devils by the prince of devils (or that you have a devil yourself) or having the people in your own home town (many of whom were probably friends and family) reject you, or bleeding from every pore, or suffering, both body and spirit, for the sins of every man, woman, and child who has ever been (or ever will be) born, or having the religious leaders of the day continually oppose you verbally and try to trip you up (not to mention plotting to kill you), or being hailed by the masses and then being rejected by them in favor of a robber (all in the same week), having most of your disciples abandon you after you declare hard truths (you mean, like, that God cannot approve homosexual behavior?) and asking your apostles, “Will ye also go away?”, or having no permanent residence …
Christ didn’t do anything to deserve any of this, but He got it anyway.
But, hey, I’ve got it really hard! I don’t think He can possibly understand any of my trials!
Christ can. Christ does. Happy belated Good Friday, and Happy Easter, everyone.