It is not always clear in the Isaiah references, which “servant” the writer had in mind, Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah or himself, but in this passage, the servant is actually described in terms of divinity.
- What makes the servant described in Isaiah, one who will gain the attention of kings, so unusual?
- In what ways does this servant resemble Jesus?
- How does Jesus as high priest differ from other high priests? (Hebrews 4 and 5)
- What compels our response to Him?
- Which part of the passion narrative do you find the most disturbing? Which part do you find the most compelling?
- How else might Pilate have handled the situation with which he was confronted?
- Why would the writer of John’s gospel feel it important to establish that the events were all in fulfillment of Scripture? (John 19:36)
Food for thought:
Joseph of Arimethea and Nicodemus, both members of the Sanhedrin, came forward in a final act of kindness to give Jesus a proper burial. Where were they during the trial?