Friday, November 4, 2011

Sometimes it's better to just keep your mouth shut.





Scripture

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)

Observation

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."

Application

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!

Prayer

Lord, may this be a day of faithful living for You. Amen.

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