The man of sorrow and acquainted with grief is the first-born from the dead

Luke 2:34-35 reads:
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
These verses from Luke chapter 2 are often associated with Advent and frequently are read during the Christmas season.
But theology professor Adam Johnson at Biola University rightly says:

Whom did Mary bear? The “Man of Sorrows,” and one “acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3). She bore one who was to be “pierced for our transgressions” and “crushed for our iniquities” (53:5). And did she treasure these things in her heart, as she did the events surrounding his birth (Luke 2:19)? Surely it was this that pierced her soul (Luke 2:35).

Who was it, then, that Mary bore?  The very one through whom, she, too, would be born again, says professor Johnson.

And thus, we, too, journeying through Lent, ponder this man of sorrows, this man acquainted with grief, this one who was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. And we eagerly await Easter when we will rejoice in the one who was the first-born from among the dead (Colossians 1:18).

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