12/7/14 A Suffering, Servant Church
These words from the prophet Isaiah are known as one of the "Suffering Servant Songs." They're sung from the perspective of God to God's servant, who through his suffering will bring God's peace, justice and mercy into the world. The church has always seen in them echoes of Christ, but originally these songs were sung to the people of Judah, about to return home after the trauma of exile. God tells them it's because they have suffered much that they will be able to bring healing to the world. And God sings the same message to us.