The Power of Silence
I was raised in New York and New Jersey and one thing the East Coast taught me was to talk loud, especially when I’m being unjustly accused. One of the hardest things for me to accept about Jesus is that He was willing to be the Sacrificial Lamb,
“Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” - Isaiah 53:7
As Jesus stood before Pilate, the chief priests and elders hurled accusations at Him. Pilate knew that the charges were false. The priests and elders were only spewing out lies because they were jealous of Jesus. When Pilate asked Jesus about whether or not He was the King of the Jews, I would have expected Him to respond by pouring out all the evidence that Matthew has given us for 26 chapters in his Gospel, proving that Jesus was definitely the Son of David (Matthew 1:1). But before Pilate Jesus only said, “It’s as you say.” When faced with the hostility of His own Jewish leaders, He said nothing.
I can chide Jesus for not standing up for Himself. Our culture prides itself on challenging us to stand up for our rights. But two thousand years later His silence has silenced more injustice in the world than all the loud mouths put together. More importantly, His willingness to die as the innocent one for the guilty, has made it possible for my defensive, jealous heart to be cleansed and changed, and slowly but surely He is coaching me on when to keep my mouth shut.
LORD, teach me the power of silence when faced with unjust attacks. Help me allow Your Spirit to nudge me when I need to speak up, but I struggle more with knowing when to keep quiet. Thanks for silently taking all the false accusations that led to Your death so that I could be redeemed and forgiven. Help me never stop telling You how thankful I am that you were willing to be the Lamb who was slain.
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