‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ ”
The suffering servant is portrayed in the Book of Isaiah as one who each day opens his ear anew to God and thereby learns a manner of acting which corresponds neither to the long tradition of mankind nor to instinctive human reflexes which seek to repel attacks:
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.
I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.
Since Christians are to emulate Christ, the suffering servant bits of the Bible apply to them
as well. Jesus accomplished salvation
—100%—but he did not do all of the suffering for all time. The idea that Christians ought only to suffer for their own sins is heretical to the highest degree. It is a denial of emulating Christ—for Christ had no sins for which to suffer.