He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… (Isaiah 53:3, NIV Bible)
For you don’t have a Savior who doesn’t understand your frailty, but you have One who has suffered in every way, just like you—but He didn’t sin. (Author’s paraphrase of Hebrews 4:15)
A man of suffering, known to pain
Came brave your soul to rescue,
But who could know the save required
He suffer sore like you do.
A dozen friends fled into night
When angry mob their swords drew;
He’s heard—like you—the hollow words,
Just know we’ll never leave you.
Authorities have stalked your steps;
Like you, he knows their mission:
Just follow close, do what you must
To find an accusation.
Once loved, then left, he’s learned, like you
Rejection’s lonely ravage;
The crowd—once fans—they’ve changed their cry,
Not him, we want Barabbas
Bared naked under glaring eyes,
Assault by word and terror,
He’s felt, like you, the ugly stain,
No beauty here to long for.
Alone in pain, despairing hope,
Death’s road, like you, he’s taken,
Where Jesus echoed mockers taunts
That even God’s forsaken!
No place, like you, to lay his head,
He’s searched for inn or dinner
And joins the ones who’ve braced for news,
I’m sorry, there’s no room here.
And famished without food for days
With stomach’s bloated dread,
Like you, he’s heard the whispered wish,
If only stones were bread.
The labored gasp for air, or pain
So fierce no pill can dull it,
He’s breathed, like you, the anguished prayer,
God please just take my spirit.
Betrayed by friends—a kiss for coins,
A fireside confrontation,
And, like you, grieved the poisoned cry,
I do not even know him.
Confined to cell on flimsy facts
Like you, dear freedom misses
In jesters court, a judge adjured,
We have no need for witness.
A stranger child in Egypt’s hands,
Like you, shares immigration,
A refugee on angel’s plea,
Escape to foreign nation.
Like you, he’s suffered children’s barbs,
That dude is not his daddy,
Or parent slurs that we, thank God
Weren’t born behaving badly.
By illness dread or handmade noose,
A life was put to bed,
Like you, he’s wept o’er whispered words,
The one you love is dead.
Beseiged, like him, by lonely pain,
You cry in hope for healing,
Whose salve begins with comfort sure;
He knows just what you’re feeling.
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