Silent before accusers!
Scripture reading for March 10th: Mark 14:53-72, Psalms 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4
Jesus was betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane by Judas with a kiss. The soldiers and religious leaders took Him off to bring Him before the high priest and elders of the Sanhedrin. They were looking for evidence against Jesus to put Him to death. It was not that they had evidence already, because all their attempts to catch Him had failed. Their law said that for offenses leading to the death penalty, two or three witnesses must testify and agree. They found false witnesses but their testimony did not agree! (Mark 14:55-59)
“Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.” (Mark 14:60-61) Jesus knew the high priest’s tactic was to get Him to incriminate Himself. He also knew the Scripture which told that Messiah would remain silent before His accusers. (Isaiah 53:7)
Peter later remembered this incident as well when he wrote, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:23) Peter used this to encourage those in the church who were suffering for their faith. He knew that God was their defender as He had vindicated Jesus by resurrection from the dead!
“Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”” (Mark 14:61b-62) Jesus could not tell a lie. He answered truthfully and gave a powerful revelation of His authority and coming glory! This should have caused those who were questioning Him to stop and ponder this. They had seen and heard about His miracles. He had fed thousands, healed countless sick people, cast out demons, and even raised the dead. His teaching was like no other!
But this statement was the one that these religious leaders jumped on to condemn Him! They chose to reject the truth and believe a lie for their own murderous plan to succeed. (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12) In doing so, God would work His plan to show mercy to all who would believe the truth!