Despised means “to feel contempt or deep repugnance.” Forsaken means “to be abandoned or deserted.” Isaiah used them both to describe our Lord. A more despised and forsaken man has not walked the earth, or ever will. Psalm 22, a prophetic and Messianic Psalm of Jesus says, “But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men, and despised by the people.
Jesus quotes from this Psalm (22:1) while hanging on the cross, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘My Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me,'” (Matthew 27:46).
We should not wonder, therefore, He was a “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief,” Isaiah 53:3.
He was despised and forsaken RELATIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, NATIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.
There is a story told of a pastor watching the 1965 film, The Greatest Story Ever Told, with his young daughter. During the crucifixion scene, she begins to tear up and says, “Daddy, why are they hurting that man (Jesus)?” The father looks at his daughter and says for us sweet child, for us” (Isaiah 53:6).