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 mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces. He was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

So begins the song of the Suffering Servant, a prophetic description of the promised Messiah. Hundreds of years later Jesus would arrive to fulfill the words of the prophet. These words: despised, rejected, familiar with pain, low esteem. Jesus was nothing like a storybook hero or like the muscle-strapped characters in the Marvel movies. Brute force or a show of power was not the way God would save. His experience was