Man of sorrows

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“He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”
Isaiah 53:3 NLT

Phillip Bliss was brought up in the back woods USA. He became a hymn writer for D.L.Moody’s gospel outreaches. Crossing America one night, the train he and his wife, Lucy, travelled in, was involved in a terrible crash. Lucy was left trapped with no possibility of release. As the snow fell, Phillip was told to leave the train and save his life. He refused. He died that night beside Lucy.
What a picture of the Saviour Jesus that he served. Jesus will never leave His people, whatever the circumstances.
This is Phillip’s hymn…

Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, vile and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was he,
Full atonement, can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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