The Servant

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.”[1] It would anger the Jewish leaders. And it would mystify—then devastate—Jesus’s disciples, for it took their Lord to the cross.

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This is a wonderfully insightful and elegant piece. At once it contextualizes the Bible, Jesus, and us, lifting all from narrow canyons of strict temporal and provincial comprehension.

Thanks again, Alden.

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