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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When to be Silent (Mark 15)

Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and said things that you later regretted? Have you ever been accused of ridiculous, untrue things, got angry and lashed out to defend yourself? Sometimes the right response is no response at all.

I'm sure we've all been there. I'm sure each of us can remember a time when someone made false accusations against us that just lit our anger on fire. I'm sure we've all had people lash out against us, trying to get us to react.

The question is, what do we choose to do in that moment and what is the right thing to do. Should we respond with great defensive comebacks that tear our attacker down?

What kind of response glorifies God? If we follow Jesus' example, what would He do?

Mark 15:3-5 "And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, "Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!" But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled."

So then the question we have to ask is, why? Why did Jesus not answer the accusations and defend Himself against his attackers?

There are actually several reasons:

1) To fulfill Scripture:

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.

2) Jesus didn't respond to the accusations because defending Himself was not the goal. The goal was to give His life in our place so that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their Lord God and Savior, could be saved.

3) Jesus didn't respond to the accusations because his accusers did not have eyes to see and ears to hear. They were unwilling to see their own sin and their own need to repent of it and submit their lives to God, even though Jesus had proven his deity several times over. He had fulfilled every prophecy of the Messiah, including being silent before His accusers.

So what does that mean for us? When we face ridiculous accusations, does it glorify God to lash out in response? Could it be that sometimes the best response is to be silent, just as Jesus was?

Dear Lord, Please give me wisdom and strength to glorify You in difficult situations. If I am to be silent, give me the strength to be silent. If I am to speak, give me the words that will shine your Light into the darkness of those who stand before Me. Most of all Lord, please guide me so that my words and actions glorify You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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