Eloquent Silence

“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.” Matthew 27: 12-14

During the trial before His crucifixion, the Jews and priests hurled insults, and false accusations at Jesus. Even under great distress and amidst the hostility, Jesus did not retaliate with a witty comeback, defensive chiding or even an ounce of scripture.

He simply remained silent and did not respond to the threats or insults.

Jesus knew that despite the false accusations and the mockery, the will of His Father would have played out at the end of the day. He also knew the angry mob, mere puppets stirred by Satan, would not have accepted the truth even if He chose to utter a word.

When one considers the Son of Man choosing to remain silent when falsely accused, we naturally ask ourselves: Did He respond in silence because He was a helpless victim? Was Jesus a softie who allowed the crowd to bully Him that day?

Absolutely not!

He was silent not because He was afraid of anyone or ashamed to call sin by its ugly name or state the truth. Jesus was the Son of God! He was always in command. All power belonged to Him! In fact, He just had to utter a word and the earth and all of heaven would have been at His command. Still He chose to remain silent for He knew that in the right circumstances, silence speaks volumes.

We can learn from the example of Jesus when falsely accused by others? 

What lesson can we take into our varied circumstances that will allow us to truly reflect the image of Christ?

We can take this simple lesson: Though unfairly and unjustly treated, we don’t have to respond to every accusation or insult for our reputation belongs to God.

The call to respond in eloquent silence when wronged or accused seems unnatural as we are all inclined to return an insult for an insult, whether passively or aggressively to the culprit but as Christians we must die to the natural human tendencies and allow Christ’s Holy Spirit to give us the strength to follow the example of Christ.

We must not allow our bruised pride to force us to fall into the trap of defending ourselves or refuting false accusations. 

We do not have enough hours in the day to respond to every false accusation against us. 

After all, time spent defending our reputation and character takes away from time spent lifting up the name of Jesus.
British Bible teacher F. B. Meyer:

“We make a mistake in trying always to clear ourselves. We should be wiser to go straight on, humbly doing the next thing, and leaving God to vindicate us. He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noon day. There may come hours in our lives when we shall be misunderstood, slandered, falsely accused. At such times it is very difficult not to act on the policy of the men around us in the world. They at once appeal to law and force and public opinion. But the believer takes his case into a higher court and lays it before his God.”

Falsely accused? Lay your situation before God in prayer and leave it at His feet. Sincerely ask God for wisdom to know when to be silent, that His name, and not your own, may be glorified!

– Dee

(c) 2013 by Dentrecia Blanchette