Suffering Servant, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2005, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
During this season of Lent, Christians reflect on the role of suffering in God’s redemption. Not only are we saved by Christ’s faithfulness through great suffering, but we are called to share in his suffering. As Peter writes, “rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings” (I Peter 4:13). This message is far from intuitive in our culture of ease and affluence, but perhaps Isaiah’s description of the suffering servant can open our eyes to this uncomfortable edge of the gospel.