A News Account of The Passion

By The Stream Published on April 7, 2023

We have four early accounts of Jesus’ conviction, crucifixion and resurrection. Four accounts that tell history’s greatest, most heroic story. These would be found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 

Yet, the critic may say, these four accounts were written by disciples of Jesus, or associates of his apostles. Too bad we don’t have an impartial account of the events of Good Friday. Too bad there’s not somebody who wrote about the Passion who had nothing personal to gain. 

Fortunately, we do have one.  It’s not written in a style you’ll see on CNN’s website or in USA Today, but the reporting is precise. The who, what, where, when and why are there.

Dateline: Jerusalem

Who has believed what we have heard?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others;
    a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him of no account.

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.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin
    he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
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.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.”

About the Correspondent

What a harrowing, powerful, haunting account of the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It’s like watching the movie Passion of the Christ roll out before your eyes. Who put such a vivid, detailed report together? The correspondent was named Isaiah. He was a Hebrew prophet living in Jerusalem.

And he wrote this roughly 700 years before the birth of Christ. 

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