Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: We Do Not Need To Speak On Our Own Behalf

"But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge." Matthew 27:14a

I recently reread this chapter; I never cease to admire Christ's character of grace. Jesus never hesistated to speak for the benefit of others, but He did not say a word for Himself. Even when He was challenged by the religious leaders, He never gave a direct response in His defense. In our human nature, we tend to be defensive and argumentative. However, Jesus remained patiently silent throughout all false accusations. Thus fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah: "He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth." By His obedient silence, indeed, He proved Himself to be the Lamb of God. I would like to leave you with this challenge, of which I have long taken upon myself, for the week: Since God sees through your heart and knows your thoughts, you do not need to speak on your own behalf. After all, God will know, and truly, what else matters? ~Jesselyn

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