Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. Matthew 27:13-14
Why was Jesus so quiet? He was being falsely accused by the chief priests and elders yet He answered nothing. He was before Pilate, a man in authority who had the power to release Him from condemnation, but no words were said to defend Himself. Never could I imagine being innocent and not vehemently pleading my case especially before the very person who could change my guilty fate to freedom. Not many would hold their tongue, but Jesus did and His uncommon silence left a lasting impression on Pilate.
Jesus was in a position where He knew the Father’s will was His condemnation to death. He would do nothing to change His fate. No persuasions, no use of power, no fighting back — just total submission to His Father’s will. It was the only way to save mankind — a mission He had devoted His whole life to. Yes, Pilate may have been able to save Jesus from death if He would have pleaded His case, but then, we all would still be left in our sins with no hope of redemption. Thank you Jesus for being so quiet!
Righteous God, You formed a plan for mans’ redemption. It was a plan that depended on the complete obedience of Your Son, Jesus. It was successful because in His total submission to Your will, Jesus was quiet when falsely accused by those who were condemning Him and before the one who had the power to release Him. He would do nothing to hinder Your plans. What a remarkable Savior is He. No wonder Pilate marvelled greatly at His silence. What hope Jesus gave to mankind by His devotion. Thank you Father for such a Savior! Amen!
Truth in love,