Friday, March 24
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.
I am always struck by how few words Jesus uttered in his final hours of life.
If I were gasping for my final breaths and people were spewing forth all manner of nauseating things about me, I am certain I would have plenty to say.
But Jesus, he said so little, often nothing at all. Listen to him as his final days drew near, notice how his most poignant words were often no words at all.
Quiet, quiet, quiet…Listen, listen, listen…absolute silence…
Even when Jesus did not speak, his words continue to bewilder us—they do not slam his adversaries with bombast, rancor, and ridicule. Even when Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” he did not reply, “What kind of fool are you?” He simply said, “You say so.” When all manner of venom was spit at him, according to Matthew, Jesus “did not answer.”
As the old African American spiritual would have it, “Jesus never said a mumblin’ word.”
Sometimes, in our deepest hour of need, the greatest grace is not to say a mumblin’ word and to let God do the talking.
Let us pray…“For God alone my soul waits in silence. Amen.”
Pastor Wilbert Miller