He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isa. 53:3)
We want a warrior Messiah. We want the Jesus mean and wild. We want the celebrity Jesus all too often. So, when Jesus comes and identifies with the marginalized of our world and we find him in places like refugee camps, we don’t recognize him.
Yet, he came. And he comes. And he is coming.
He comes now. While others may be looking for him in power, in the halls of power, or in the light shows that impress us all too easily… he comes now.
In your pain. In your suffering. He comes. He sits with you.
The Man of suffering. The One familiar with pain.