No one knows when or how it happened. But one day the Spirit led the young man Jesus to a fateful passage of Scripture, the “Song of the Suffering Servant.” Found in Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12 in our English Bibles, the Song has generated an enormous volume of scholarly literature. But, implanted in the heart of a young visionary 2,000 years ago, it was the seed destined to grow up “like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground.” It would anger the Jewish leaders. And it would mystify—then devastate—Jesus’s disciples, for it took their Lord to the cross.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11104