“Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.” –John 19:1
Christ’s restraint from vindication was perhaps one of the greatest displays of His humility and power. Think of that for just a moment. Christ had authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, calm the sea, walk on the water, rebuke the devils, and feed the thousands. But, perhaps the greatest display of His power was exhibited in His silence.
Like a sheep who stood before the shearer, He said nothing. He could have said something. With only one holy word, He could have released heaven’s host of angelic warriors. He could have banished the soldiers, the Pharisees, Pilate, the entire countryside of Rome and all the world to the darkness of hell. He could have asked for His glory to be restored, and it would have been given Him. He could have brought eternal judgment to mankind. But instead, He brought judgment to Himself…and said nothing.
Yes, there was sovereign strength in His silence. Holy restraint gave way to holy redemption. The prophets, the priests, the preachers of old, with many words, only talked of reconciliation; but Christ, in His holy hush, brought reconciliation to the souls of men. Christ, in all His power, knew when He was to speak, and He knew when, according to His Father’s plan, He was to be silent.
Daily Reading: II Chronicles 20-22
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