I recently felt accused and persecuted for something that I believed I did not do. I was hurt, angry and wanted to defend myself. I could not see these things that were being said about me. As I struggled through, questioning why this was happening, the Lord whispered a loud rebuke to me: “Only One is blameless. Only One stood before others and was accused of actions He did not do. Only One stood quiet. Only One absorbed the wrath of others – in silence.”
Jesus is the only One who is blameless on any account. He is the only One accused and persecuted for things He did not do. He is the only One who could stand before others and rightly justify Himself. However, He remained silent.
In Mark 15:1-5, Jesus encounters Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate asks Jesus if He is the King of the Jews. Jesus simply responds, “You have said it.” The priests and the elders continue to make accusations against Jesus; however, He remained silent. Pilate proceeded to demand of Jesus a response, but He made no response to the charges. The people gathered before Pilate’s home. The elders and the priests moved among the crowd, persuading them to ask for Jesus to be put to death. The crowd shouted, “Crucify Him.” They had no reasons. They were angry. And as the mob grew, the roar grew louder: “Crucify Him!” While all this angry, loud discourse went on, Jesus stood silent.
What do we do when we feel accused or persecuted? Is our response like that of Jesus? Do we remain silent in the face of an angry mob who threatens us? Jesus stood before a crowd who was demanding His life – His life. They weren’t just accusing His character. They wanted Him to die. And yet Jesus, who chose to absorb all the wrath upon Himself for you and for me, stood silent.
Thank you Jesus for standing before the angry mob and absorbing all the wrath so that I may live. Thank you Lord for this free gift that I do not deserve.