Love Songs for Servants

Week 6:  Song of Jesus, the Suffering Servant

We are at the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.  The last of our love songs depicts the brutal reality of the Jesus’ Passion.  However, we miss the point of Jesus’ love for us if we recoil and dismiss the cross.  Read these words as a LOVE SONG, an expression of grace, forgiveness, and new life that Jesus’ resurrection opens up to the world.  Remember:

Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.     — Isaiah 53:11


Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
  crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
    Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth. 

 — Isaiah 53:4-9

  • Invitations:

    • As you read this week’s scripture, what especially speaks to you? 
      What challenges you?
    • This week’s song is actually part of a longer song. 
      We read the first part last week.  We read the middle part this week, and there is still more besides.  You may want to read the entire song, Isaiah 52:13-53:12.
    • If you have ever sung/heard Handel’s Messiah, it can be hard to not hear this week’s song sung in your head. 
      Here’s a link to the Sydney Opera House’s performance of The Messiah.
    • Of all the servant songs, this one has traditionally been seen as describing Jesus’ Passion.  Read Mark 15 alongside this servant song. 
    • Looking back over this Lenten study, what have you learned about Jesus, servanthood, and yourself? 

  • Prayer:


    You carried the light of hope with you always, even in your deepest anguish.

    As I walk with you this Holy Week, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear the healing, forgiveness, hope, and love that you bless me with.  Amen.