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Jesus Was Silent

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).

This is a foretelling of Jesus as He was beaten, scourged and eventually crucified. But why was He silent? One reason is that He was denying Himself the opportunity to exercise the power of His words. He told the wind and the waves of a furious storm, “Quiet! Be still!” and they were. When He told the arresting officials who He was by saying, “I am he,” they fell backward to the ground. If simple, three-word combinations had such an impact in those situations, saying any number of things could have easily stayed His crucifixion.

The ultimate reason for His silence is our salvation. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him - our salvation - endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus’ silence expressed His willingness to take Barabbas’ place and ours on the cross.

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