Remember that devotional I mentioned? Well here is another amazing excerpt from April 2. Dennis woke me up this morning to read this to me.
Jesus had never been slow to speak when He could bless someone, but in order to save Himself, He would not say a single word. “No one ever spoke the way this man does, the guards declared.” (John 7:46)- and no one was ever SILENT like HE was!
Was his exceptional silence the very sign of His perfect self-sacrifice? Did it show He would not utter one word to stop the slaughter of His sacred person, which He had dedicated as an offering for us? Had he so entirely surrendered Himself he would not intervene on His own behalf even to the slightest degree? Instead of intervening, was HE willing to be bound and slain as an unstruggling and uncomplaining victim?
WAS HIS SILENCE DESIGNED TO SHOW US THERE WAS NO DEFENSE FOR OUR SIN?
After all, what words could ever be said that could cover or excuse human guilt? Thus, He took the total weight for our sin upon Himself and stood speechless before His judge. isn't patient silence the best reply to an accusing world that continually denies its own sin? And doesn't calm endurance answer some questions infinitely more conclusively than even the loftiest eloquence of worlds?
By His silence our Lord also provided a remarkable fulfillment of prophecy. A long defense of Himself would have been contrary to Isaiah’s foretelling- “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, by His quiet submission he conclusively proved Himself to be the true Lamb of God.