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

Monday, November 16, 2020

Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?" But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"
— Mark 14:60-61 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:60-61 NLT — "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?"   ——   "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"

Key Thought

In fulfillment of the description of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53, Jesus did not open his mouth. If the totality of his ministry had not been enough to silence his critics, then a verbal defense at this point wouldn't have helped. Jesus had the power to stop these events, but his silence — rather than defending himself — was just one more way Jesus showed he was follow 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 would and dif not treat him fairly. The only desire of those in power was to stay in power. Jesus did not dignify their injustice with a self-defense. He needed no defense to prove his innocence. He had chosen to suffer humiliation, injustice, and crucifixion 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 as the high priest accusing Jesus. May I have wisdom and restraint like Jesus in this circumstance 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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