“He was oppressed and afflicted and yet did not open his mouth;
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.” Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)
Jesus, the man, must have felt as if he were backed into a corner by the religious authorities. The religious leaders tossed Him back and forth between them. Our Master didn’t say anything in His defense. I believe God chose this path for His Son. The Father controlled the happening, the people and the contributing events in this. What could Jesus say in His defense? Had He said anything, would the religious leaders done anything differently? Would they have jeered and mocked our Lord any more if He had spoken? By not speaking in His own behalf He complied with His Father’s will.
Are there times we should be silent before our accusers, like Jesus was? I had a time when that was how something occurred. I was confronted with something I didn’t want to hear and then hear other ‘bad’ things about me. I had always said, if the situation arose, I would let the person know my feelings about the situation. Well, guess what. I could barely open my mouth.
I now believe God didn’t want me to be in that place any longer. He kept me from saying things that might have been true but those people were not able to understand what I would have said.
Jesus doesn’t let us down when we are faced with taunts and jeers from those around us. He shows us how to handle ourselves when we are backed into a corner by issues of life. We need to be more in tune with Him and let Him lead.