Good morning Friend.
By the Grace of God, today we shall continue to learn from the Eternal concept of the Cross. I do hope the lessons you have been learning overtime have been applied and put to good use? Let’s pay attention to those things we have heard, so we don’t allow them slip off our hands. One way to retain a truth is by practising it. Without practice, truths become slippery. (See Hebrews 2:1)
Isaiah 53:7 (KJV) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Every detail cannoned into scriptures in the build up of the most significant story ever told should not be taken for granted. No verse in Isaiah 53 is without significance. It is called the Messianic Chapter. One can read Isaiah 53 and pretty much understand the Gospel. What was the significance of Jesus’ silence? Was it because He didn’t have grounds to defend Himself? Let’s learn a few things about the Silent Lamb;
1. He was silent so we don’t have to be: On His path to the Cross, He was bruised, wounded, chastised, and falsely accused. While all the false accusations were going on, the Bible records that He opened not His mouth and was as a dumb sheep before His shearers. The devil had nothing on Him, and He could have stood for His own defence, but He chose not to open His mouth. Have you ever been falsely accused before and you have everything in your disposal to defend yourself? Sometimes the restraints necessary to withhold from speaking in one’s defence could weigh more than any other restraint. Jesus held His peace, for nothing? Not so! I’m glad He didn’t keep quiet for nothing. He opened not His mouth so we can stand boldly before the throne of Grace and declare boldly our righteousness in Christ Jesus. If Jesus was falsely accused and didn’t speak up, it was because he laid down His defence for ours. He was silent before His accusers so we don’t have to silent when the devil brings railing accusations against us. So we can boldly say… THHE LORD IS MY HELPER AND I WILL NOT BE AFRAID WHAT MAN OR THE DEVIL CAN DO TO ME. Jesus was not silent for nothing. He was silent so we can speak freely today.
Romans 8:33-34 (KJV) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
The only One who had the right to judge us, was the One who justified us. So every time you remember how JESUS was silent on his way to the Cross, realise that He did that so you won’t have to be silent while the devil accuses you falsely.
2. He was silent to show us that self control is more powerful than sheer might: Jesus exhibited all the 9 dimensions of the fruit of the Spirit in His gory passion of the Cross. One very obvious one was the self control He displayed, while He was falsely accused and shamed. Jesus never spoke a word in His own defence. The first point was about how that He was silent so we don’t have to silent against the enemy… But this point boarders on the fact that Jesus’ silence also teaches us that we can decide to remain calm and not defend ourselves before people.
Prov 16:32 (KJV) He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Jesus had perfect control over His faculties right in the midst of a provocative situation. Can we choose to be silent when men attempt to ride over our heads? (See Psalms 66:12) can we be Christ like in our disposition to men? That you’re right does not mean your voice should be the loudest, learn temperance and self control. I’ll rather have a less physically impressive person who has self control as a friend than a huge giant with little discretion or caution. No matter what you may be going through, you can stay calm through it all because in you resides the peace of God that passes all understanding. The wrath of man will never work the righteousness of God, when you speak nothing happens, but God has got your back and when He speaks, mountains skip like rams and valleys run like little lambs. Wouldn’t you rather He speaks in your defence and on your behalf?
God bless you. Have a great week ahead.