People can make much of the differences between the two accounts,
though this would seem to be merely the embroidery
that time and a new story-teller applies.
Surely this was never a factual account.
It was never meant to be.
The message is clearly that even the dominant occupying power
is subject to Jesus and the power of Israel's God;
a subversive message boosting Jewish morale
at the expense of the Roman military.
The Synoptic Gospels were written in a time of revolutionary fervour,
when a series of uprisings were each crushed by brutal force
until Jerusalem and the Temple were finally flattened
following the First Great Revolt of 70AD.
The writings reflect the concepts of a persecuted people,
ready for revolt, and encourage them in that endeavour.
The Gospels can be seen as revolutionary tracts
promoting radical national traditions
and active resistance to authority.
The spiritualising element of the healed servant
points out that this is not a factual account,
but with the added encouragement that
the servant (Israel) became well
was freed of occupation,