Skip to comments.Silent No More [devotional]
Posted on 04/10/2009 4:18:42 AM PDT by tenger
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you? But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:62-64
Even to the end, Jesus knew just the right words to say and when to say them. He knew his silence would stir them. He knew that talking about heaven and "at the right hand of the Mighty One" would cause them to go ballistic. He knew all things. He knows all things.
I read this story and others later in the Gospels, and can't help but think that at any point during those very difficult times, he could have called it off, called down a million angels, and went straight home to be with the Father. He had just gone through the Garden of Gethsemane, told Peter that he would deny Him, and watched as His closest followers fled when He was arrested. And now it was about to turn bad for Him!
As we consider the crucifixion and the days leading up to it, consider this: He knows your needs. He knows your hurts. He is waiting, patiently waiting for you to come to Him. Even when you think He's silent, he's thinking of ways to bless you and encourage you and draw you closer to Him.
Read straight through one of the Gospel accounts of his crucifixion this week and think of ways you can draw closer to Him.
Matthew 26:17 - 28:20
Mark 14:12 - 16:20
Luke 22:7 - 24:53
John 13:1 - 21:6