Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.
The Gospel is foolishness – completely insane, really. A Servant of the Lord who will be high and lifted up, perhaps adored by man, will soon find himself so destroyed that people question whether or not he was ever actually a human. But, in doing so, his blood will cover many peoples, nations, shutting the mouths of the kings who had spoken against this Servant. And this we are supposed to believe this? Who would believe this and is this really the power of God?
Then it gets only worse for this Servant:
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked–
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
The Gospel story is foolishness – to believe that anyone would go through such torment willingly is to defy human logic. Self-preservation, an instinct that we are born with, would have kicked in at some point, perhaps the first time the Pharisees picked up stones to stone the Servant. Or at the very least, when the crowd had gathered to seek the Servant’s death.
And honestly, there is nothing much to debate over – no philosophy needed to understand the Gospel. It is not of intelligent design. Simply, really, that one whould be given for the sins of others. If nothing else, simple because ‘God said so.’ Anything that simple must be foolish. How are we supposed to believe anything so easy?
Then there is the lack of signage. No great earth shaking miracles. As a matter of fact, 90% of those that saw these ‘miracles’ didn’t continue to follow the Servant. Instead, with each miracles, the hatred against the Miracle-Worker grew. So, miracles and signs really don’t matter. Again, foolishness.
It’s nothing to be debated about, to arrive at some hidden wisdom. It’s nothing so miraclous that any and all who could see a sign would follow it. It revolves around a single solitary man who suffered such destruction to his humanity that the onlookers could barely tell that in fact the lump of flesh was human at all. Silliness, don’t you think, that instead of seeking signs and secret wisdom, people are called to merely believe?