He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
Isaiah 53:7 NASB
Don’t you find it amazing how Jesus was verbally slandered, ridiculed, beaten, harrassed and yet . . . did not open His mouth? He is God!! And He said nothing.
Equally amazing is that all four gospels mention Jesus’ quietness.
But Jesus kept silent.
Matthew 26:63 NASB
And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Matthew 27:12 NASB
But He kept silent and did not answer.
Mark 14:61 NASB
But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
Mark 15:5 NASB
And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.
Luke 23:9 NASB
and he entered into the Praetorium again and *said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.
John 19:9 NASB
With these four eyewitnesses to the silence of Jesus, there must be a lesson here. Could it be that Jesus was content in knowing He was doing the Father’s will and that at anytime He could stop the process? Could He be showing His believers how to trust that He with the Father are in control? Could it be that Jesus was secure to trust the Father’s plan so He didn’t have anything to prove?
Jesus never tried to prove He was God. He never tried to bargain His way out of the situation. He simply trusted.
🌹God, I humbly bow before Your throne, asking that when faced with persecution, as it says in Your word, *”Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”, that I would desire to bring glory to You instead of trying to save myself. I trust You with every day of my life. Here I am, totally surrendered, simply trusting. In Jesus name, amen.
*2 Timothy 3:12 NASB
Continually Seeking Him,