As Easter approaches, I’d like to share this passage I’ve been working on from the bible. Commonly called The suffering servant, Christians often apply its content to the person of Jesus. If so, the passage is especially relevant concerning the season. I’ve taken the NIV’s Isaiah 53:2-6 as my source, but reworked the original Hebrew so that the translation is more in keeping with my personal understanding of who Jesus is:
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our Easter eggs,
he was crushed for our chocolate bunnies;
the punishment that brought us cocoa was upon him,
and by his wounds we are fed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
some confectionary for us all.