What Jesus Did! 'Silent, but in Control' — Matthew 27:11-14

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jesus stood before Pilate the governor. Pilate asked him questions. He said, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, I am." When the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders accused Jesus, he said nothing. So Pilate said to Jesus, "You hear these people accusing you of all these things. Why don't you answer?" But Jesus said nothing to answer Pilate. Pilate was very surprised at this.
— Matthew 27:11-14
Illustration of Matthew 27:11-14 — "You hear these people accusing you of all these things. Why don't you answer?"

Key Thought

If the murder of Jesus weren't so tragic, the scene would be humorous in a dark sort of way. Pilate, the Roman Governor, and the Jews, hated each other. Yet they dance this strange dance of hated political bedfellows. Pilate doesn't want to give them anything they want, but must keep the peace. The Jews don't want Jesus to slip out of their hands so they must act like they respect Pilate.
As he will all the way through this tragic movement of grace, Jesus remains silent and in control. He is the only one who does not react out of fear or jealousy. Jesus' path is determined by God's will and his love for us.
Jesus is silent, but in control. He is Lord in his submission to the will of God and in the face of the hateful actions of his enemies! He will not be goaded into saving or protecting himself, but dies for us—for you and me.

Today's Prayer

O Lord God Almighty, I marvel again in your restraint and grace. How you could let this happen is beyond my comprehension. At the same time, I thank you. I thank you that Jesus shows me that I can be self-controlled when I fully submit to your will. I thank you that Jesus shows me there are bigger things than ridicule and death. I thank you that the story doesn't end with Pilate, an angry mob, and a crucifixion. I thank you for Jesus being raised and now sitting as my triumphant Lord until the time he returns to take me home! To you be all praise, both now and forevermore. In Jesus' name I offer this thanks and praise. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus stood before Pilate the governor. Pilate asked him questions. He said, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, I am." When the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders accused Jesus, he said nothing. So Pilate said to Jesus, "You hear these people accusing you of all these things. Why don't you answer?" But Jesus said nothing to answer Pilate. Pilate was very surprised at this. Every year at the Passover time the governor would free one person from the prison. This was always a person that the people wanted to be made free. At that time there was a man in prison who was known to be very bad. His name was Barabbas. All the people gathered at Pilate's house. Pilate asked the people, "I will free one man for you. Which man do you want me to free: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Christ ?" Pilate knew that the people gave Jesus to him because the people were jealous. Pilate said these things while he was sitting in the place for judging. While he was sitting there, his wife sent a message to him. The message said, "Don't do anything with that man (Jesus). He is not guilty. And today I had a dream about him, and it troubled me very much." But the leading priests and older Jewish leaders told the people to ask for Barabbas to be made free and for Jesus to be killed. Pilate said, "I have Barabbas and Jesus. Which do you want me to make free for you?" The people answered, "Barabbas!" Pilate asked, "So what should I do with Jesus, the one called the Christ ?" All the people answered, "Kill him on a cross!" Pilate asked, "Why do you want me to kill him? What wrong has he done?" But all the people shouted louder, "Kill him on a cross!" Pilate saw that he could do nothing to make the people change. And he saw that the people were becoming upset. So Pilate took some water and washed his hands so that all the people could see. Then Pilate said, "I am not guilty of this man's death. You are the ones that are doing it!" All the people answered, "We willbe responsible for his death. We accept for ourselves and for our children any punishment for his death." Then Pilate freed Barabbas. Pilate told some soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. Then Pilate gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on a cross.

Matthew 27:11-26

Related Scripture Readings

He was hurt and punished. But he never protested. He said nothing—like a sheep being taken to be killed. He was like a lamb that makes no sound when someone cuts off its wool. He never opened his mouth {to defend himself}. Men used force and took him—and they did not judge him fairly. No person can tell about his future family, because he was taken from the land of living people. He was punished to pay for the sins of my people. He died and was buried with the rich. He was buried with evil men. He did nothing wrong—he never spoke lies—but still these things happened to him. The Lord decided to crush him. The Lord decided that he must suffer, so the Servant gave himself to be the one to die. But he will live a new life for a long, long time. He will see his people. He will complete the things the Lord wants him to do.

Isaiah 53:7-10

Then the high priest stood and said to Jesus, "These people have said things against you. Do you have something to say about these charges against you? Are these people telling the truth?" But Jesus said nothing. Again the high priest said to Jesus, "You are now under oath. I command you by the power of the living God to tell us the truth. Tell us, are you the Christ, the Son of God?" Jesus answered, "Yes, I am. But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right side of God. And you will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven."

Matthew 26:62-64

Pilate said, "You refuse to speak to me? Remember, I have the power to make you free. I also have the power to kill you on a cross." Jesus answered, "The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the man who gave me to you is guilty of a greater sin."

John 19:10-11

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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