4So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” 5But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
The crowds of people were often amazed at Jesus’ teaching… here Pilate is amazed at Jesus’ silence. The crowds marveled because Jesus taught as one with authority (not like their teachers of the law). Pilate marveled because Jesus made no reply. Why didn’t Jesus speak up? He did reply once to the High Priest’s question (Mark 14:62). That response was authoritative and concise. It led the High Priest to tear his robes and for them to usher Christ to Pilate. If Jesus had replied to Pilate – I think Pilate, who already saw the religious leaders’ true heart and motivation, would have been awed by Jesus’ words, experienced His authority and possibly even been impacted personally by the One who is Truth. If Jesus would have replied to Pilate, the cross would have been avoided. And yet Jesus had prayed, “Not my will but Your will be done” to His Father. The cross, the salvation of humanity, my salvation through Christ was God’s plan. For it to be accomplished, Jesus – the amazing teacher of truth – had to be silent. Like a lamb who is silent before its shearers…
Sometimes strength is displayed through silence. Sometimes accomplishing God’s will is done by my not opening my mouth.
Father – I give You praise today, for You are worthy! Thank You for Jesus – that He was willing to be falsely accused and to die in my place. I praise You for Your grace and I give You my life. Today I live for You.