Key Scripture: Isaiah 53:7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”
If Jesus was the victim of misunderstanding and was unjustly accused and condemned to die, why didn’t He seek to defend Himself? God’s Suffering Servant would not cry out to protest His innocence. He would not defend what his life clearly demonstrated—a life of perfect righteousness. No, He would remain silent (see Matthew 26:61-63; 27:12-14; Mark 15:3-5). He would fulfill prophecies spoken of Him in the Old Testament Scriptures.
The Jews hardened their hearts and refused to accept that they were sinners in need of a Savior. They also refused to believe that Jesus was the Savior prophesied in the Old Testament. This was in spite of all facts to the contrary. Why should Jesus answer their accusations? Was there any more He could say or do? They had enough proof. He would say no more.
The prophecies of the Messiah here in Isaiah 53 were written hundreds of years before Jesus came, and yet they describe Jesus as a Savior who will be silent before His accusers. Jesus realizes He is coming as God in the flesh for one purpose—to offer His life in exchange for sinful mankind.
Questions to Consider:
What is your response when someone accuses you of things that you did not do? Will you consider all that Jesus has done for you and point others toward Him, even if you are opposed by friends and family?
Pray for the opportunity to share the Messiah with those who do not know Him.
Lord, give me boldness to sometimes remain silent when I should, even in the face of false accusations.