What Jesus Did! 'No Reply' — Mark 14:60-61

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Then the high priest stood before all the people and said to Jesus, "These people 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. He did not answer. The high priest asked Jesus another question: "Are you the Christ, the Son of the blessed {God}?"
— Mark 14:60-61 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:60-61 NLT — "These people said things against you. Do you have something to say about these charges against you? Are these people telling the truth?"   ——   "Are you the Christ, the Son of the blessed {God}?"

Key Thought

In fulfillment of the description of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53, Jesus does not open his mouth. If the totality of his ministry wasn't enough to silence his critics, then a verbal defense won't help. Jesus has the power to stop these events, but his silence in defending himself is just one more way he shows he is going to follow through with the will of God no matter the personal cost to himself. A priestly system that had grown corrupt and sold out to the Roman political machine could and would not judge him fairly. Their only desire was to stay in power. Jesus will not dignify them with a self-defense. He needs none to prove his innocence and he has already chosen to suffer the humiliation of what he will face to honor God and to save us.

Today's Prayer

Father, please help me to know how to use those moments of power that you give me in my life. I want to use those opportunities redemptively and not selfishly. I cannot help but be humbled at Jesus' restraint in the face of such a sham religious leader. May I have such wisdom and restraint when it is your will and may I be passionate and bold, just as Jesus was in cleansing the Temple, when that response is necessary. Please help me know the best way to honor you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 53:7-12
  • Acts 8:30-35
  • 1 Peter 2:21-25

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About This Devotional

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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