The Silent Jesus
Before the Sanhedrin, Jesus said nothing in His defense. Matt. 26:59-68 nor did He defend Himself before Pilate. Matthew 27:11-14, nor before King Herod Luke 23:8-9 “As a lamb is dumb before his shearers,” Isaiah 53:7 prophesies, “so He opened not His mouth.”
Jesus was not only silent before His accusers; but as far as His enemies were concerned, He was considered a nobody.
He who is the “Holy One,” Isaiah 1:4, Acts 3:14
He who is the “Prince of Life,” Acts 3:15
He who is the Creator of all things, John 1:1-5
He who is the “God of glory, full of grace and truth”, John 1:14
He “before whom every knee shall bow” Philippians 2:5-11 was considered a nobody.
At His trial before Pilate and the Jewish crowds, He was considered a nameless nobody. Repeatedly they referred to Jesus as “this man”. He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”
But even worse, they considered Jesus even less than a nameless, anonymous man. He was treated as “the scum of society”. Psalm 22:6 and Isaiah 53:3 prophesied Him as “a worm and no man”.
This fickle crowd who called for Jesus’ crucifixion; just a week earlier were lauding Him as their coming King as He rode on a colt, the foal of a donkey in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
From midnight when He was betrayed and arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane until AM, He had endured a six hours of blasphemy, beatings, hard punches and slaps, leaving Him bloody and, no doubt, with blackened eyes and spittle on His face.
But don’t lose sight of this amazing fact. God, through the blasphemy and murderous desires of the people, was accomplishing His goal of crucifying His beloved Son as His required blood sacrifice for the sins of the world, just at the day and hour that lambs were being slaughtered throughout Palestine for the Passover Feast. Read Isaiah 53:10
They all knew His name, Jesus. the name that means, “He shall save His people from their sins.” But they rejected Jesus as their Saviour from sin and thus refused to acknowledge Him by that precious name. Instead, they continually referred to Him scornfully as “this man”.
It was about 6:00 o’clock in the morning. The crowds were gathering at the Judgment Hall of Pilate. The cry of the people of “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” has changed to a growing thunderous roar of “Crucify Him!”
Do you see the fickleness of crowds? How easily they are manipulated by Satan’s henchmen! How wrong they are!
Young people, understand that crowds are always wrong! They are wrong concerning values. They are wrong regarding music and entertainment. The masses of humanity are on the road to Hell, Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14. To stand for Jesus and do right, you will always have to buck or go against the crowd.
The crowd hated Jesus. They did not cry for Pilate to kill Him. They cried out to Crucify Him, that is, torture Jesus. Crucifixion is probably the worst form or torture man has ever devised. The prisoner, naked or clothed with a loin cloth, is stretched out on a cross on the ground. Huge spikes are driven into his stretched out wrists and feet. Then the cross is raised upright and dropped into a hole in the ground with a thud. We cannot even begin to imagine the torment.
Stretched out on that cross for hours, the victim strains on the nails to raise his body up so he can grasp some air in his lungs. Finally the victim has no more strength to rise up on the nails and he gradually suffocates.
That’s what this crowd wanted for Jesus. Led by the venomous religious leaders, their admiration for Him has turned to vile hatred and they want Him tortured and crucified.
How about you? Have you by faith received Jesus as your Saviour or do you still reject Him? We all had a part in the crucifixion of Christ. It was because of our sins that He suffered and died on the cross. If you are still rejecting Him Hebrews 6:4-6 explains that you are as guilty of crucifying Jesus as those who called for His crucifixion 2000 years ago. On the other hand, if you receive Christ as your Savior, Peter in Acts 3:11-19 teaches that He will forgive your sins and save your soul.
What will you do with Jesus? We cannot be neutral. We either receive Him as Saviour, or reject Him and face His condemnation. That condemnation is described in Revelation 20:11-15. Will you trust Him this moment? There’s no promise of any future opportunity to be saved. Now is the day of salvation!
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