My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 4, 2011
Sometimes it's better to just keep your mouth shut.
Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”
(Mark 15:4 NASB)
But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
(Mark 15:5 NASB)
Jesus stood before His accusers and they were shouting all kinds of
accusations and insults at Him. Some of the accusations were the
truth, "He says He's the son of God!" Yes, He is the Son of God and He
could have called down fire and brimstone on those who were accusing
Him, and yet, He stood there and silently took it all. The way to
victory was not going to be through words, but rather by way of actions.
The natural response would have been to defend Himself. However, He
didn't respond and Pilate "was amazed."
There are times in life when people may throw accusations around
about you. As a follower of Jesus Christ often there are those who
simply don't "get" it. They don't understand why we do the things we
do, or they question our motivations. This is when we need to look to
Jesus as the great example. He knew that a verbal debate would not
solve the problem. He also knew that condemning His accusers would not
solve the problem. The only resolution was for Him to die for His
accuser's sins, for only in this could His accusers be saved. Jesus was
willing to keep His mouth shut so that His Father's will would and
could be accomplished. There are times when we must look to Christ as
our example. For God's will to be accomplished it may simply be better
to keep our mouths shut, allow the accusations to swirl, and continue to
move forward in living out our lives in faithful obedience to Him. At
the end of the day, that is all that matters!
Lord, may this be a day of faithful living for You. Amen.