The Suffering Messiah
By Ken L. Birks
Born of a virgin He came forth with doubt now shown.
Wrongly accused of being illegitimate, He came to His
As a shining light He came into the world to give hope
With false expectations cast upon Him, He went forth in
His Father’s will.
Rejected and tested by the religious leaders, He
ministered to fulfill.
With mighty healing and miracles He confounded the wise.
They set their traps, but could not catch Him with their
From another kingdom and perspective He spoke to those
Those who were unprepared could not see nor hear with
In parables, He spoke to those with hearing hearts,
Entering Jerusalem on a colt, He was proclaimed as the
He came to proclaim a kingdom that was from another
With false expectations realized, He was rejected in
In the deepest of sorrow, those closest to Him slept as
They came with swords and clubs in their hour of
darkness to arrest.
Taken to Jewish authorities, falsely accused, His
disciples fled in fear.
One of His closest denying Him, He looked on with
sympathy, His friend so dear.
A crown of thorns placed on his head and given a purple
robe, He was mocked.
Sentenced to a criminal’s death, beaten beyond
recognition, they were shocked.
As a lamb led to slaughter, so He was led to His place
of sacrifice to pay.
Acquainted with sorrows and bitter grief, we turned our
backs, looking away.
Our sins, sorrows and grief bore down upon Him as He
hung on the cross.
With blood dripping, His Father couldn't look as He
became sin for us.
He cried out in agony, “Why have You forsaken Me?”
He gave up His spirit as He took our punishment, being
wounded for our sins.
In giving His back to the smiters, and chastised for our
peace, we’re healed, He wins.
Like a flash of lightning, He rises from the dead in
victory to free us from our sins.
“We despised Him and rejected Him—a man of sorrows,
acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on
Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was
despised, and we didn't care. It was our grief He bore,
our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His
troubles were a punishment from God, for His sins! But
He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was
chastised that we might have peace; He was lashed—and we
were healed! (Isaiah 53:3-10 Living Bible)”