Daily D – Matthew 27:12-14
Matthew 27:12-14 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor. (NIV)
What do you say to people who will not listen? How will you convince those who have already made up their minds?
Men whose lives are on the line most often become rather chatty in their own defense. Jesus did not.
All of human history led to this inevitable moment. The one truly innocent man who ever lived was going to die.
In Michael Connelly’s book, The Lincoln Lawyer, the lead character, Mickey Haller, says, “There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
Pilate’s wife agreed (verse 19). Pilate tried to wash his hands of the whole affair (verse 24). The Jewish leaders and the rabble they gathered to shout down justice wanted a bloodbath (verse 25).
Jesus was flogged to within an inch of his life (verse 26).
Jesus was mocked and beaten (verses 27-30).
Jesus was led to his crucifixion (verse 31).
Jesus was crucified (verse 35).
Jesus was hung out to dry. Jesus was hung out to die (verses 36-45).
Jesus died (verse 50).
At that moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
(Matthew 27:51-53 NIV)
Don McLean wrote a song about Vincent Van Gogh called Vincent. The final lines of the song are fitting in this context.
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will
An innocent man who did not speak in his own defense died a deliberate death.
He who is God with Us
Died on that cross.
His silence provided the key
To set us eternally free.
Sometimes the best thing to say
Is nothing at all.
Sometimes the best thing to do
Is to our knees fall.
I will fall on my knees in deepest grief and eternal gratitude.
Our Father, the question the old song asks is forever appropriate. How can I say Thanks? I will begin with deep worship. I will continue with silent consideration. I will always remember and declare how far your perfect love willingly went to draw me to yourself. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.