Jesus made no further answer ...

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

The silence of the Son of God is deafening. Accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death the Lord makes no defense to either the religious or civil leaders. In fact, in Mark's gospel, the next words he utters is from the cross. The Lamb of God is being led to slaughter, has said all that he will say and has no further words for mankind. His silence haunts humanity.

Yet God was speaking as Jesus kept silent. From his refusal to speak we learn that God is greater than man and does not answer to us. We understand that the actions of incarnate love speak louder than fleshly words. Jesus' silence reminds me that spoken words are not needed to hear the voice of God in my heart. His peace in my heart speaks volumes.

Help me to be a listener today Lord and hear what you are speaking to my heart.

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