“You are despised, rejected.” “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 before its shearers is silent…” (Isaiah 53:7). And so the church laments.
“A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth to save a world of sinners. He bears the burden all alone, dies shorn of all his honors. He goes to slaughter, weak and faint, is led to die without complaint; his spotless life he offers.
– Paul Gerhardt, “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth,” ELW 340
But, mystery of mysteries, the church also voices the beauty of the paradox.
“Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; tell the triumph far and wide; of the cross, the Crucified; tell how Christ, the world’s redeemer, vanquished death the day he died.
– Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, “Sing My Tongue,” ELW 356