Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 19: A Lamb Silent Before His Slaughter
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 19th, 2013

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. 

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 

Matthew 27:11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 

John 19:9–10 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?”
 
Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” 34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 
In the beginning, God said “’Let there be light’ and there was light.” Imagine an Eternal Being, after creating countless eternal beings, who decides to create space and time. He stood on the platform of nothing and spoke it into existence. If there is anyone who has something to say, it is God. After a long series of events, God finally reveals Himself in Jesus Christ. He came for one purpose and one purpose only. He came to die. It was His plan. It was the culmination of all redemption for all time.

If we had one purpose, one thing to fulfill in life and we reached the appointed time for our purpose to be fulfilled, what would we do? Most of us would announce it. We would want everyone to know what is about to happen. We would let them know the purpose for what we are doing. The primary reason for us telling this would be to be noticed, to be appreciated and to be seen of men. It is your identity. It is your accomplishment.

This is the difference between Jesus Christ and sinful humanity. Jesus barely said a word to anyone who questioned Him about His claim to be the King of the Jews. Whether it was before the chief priests or the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, Jesus would barely say anything. The One who spoke the earth into existence was silent. The One who holds all things together didn’t want to say anything. From a human perspective, surely this is the time to speak up. This is your hour. This is your accomplishment. You deserve to be seen.

This is hard for us to do if not believe. But the bible tells us what was going on in His mind when it says “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” This is the picture of ultimate humility. Ultimate sacrifice. He was not there to glorify Himself as a man, but He humbled Himself as a man. He would not defend Himself. He would not fight for His rights. He was so confident in His calling. He was so confident in His purpose. And this month we are discussing another confidence. He was so confident in what He had already spoken about Himself through His prophets, there was nothing left to say.


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