Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Whenever I read about the trials before Jesus’ crucifixion, I’m always amazed at the way Jesus responded.
Most of the time, Jesus chose to remain silent. He didn’t feel the need to explain Himself or justify Himself. He was a man on a mission.
Jesus was a man of focus.
He knew their questions were only barbs. He knew they didn’t really want an answer. Their inquiries were rhetorical questions intended to demean and malign.
Jesus had devoted three years to traveling and speaking, but before He gave His life as a sacrifice, He sacrificed His words.
Jesus chose to be silent.
Now I can’t claim to have ever faced anything as horrific as what Jesus faced that day. But I want be like Christ in all the situations I do face. So when I am feeling attacked, what is my natural response? Do I want to explain myself? Do I want to justify myself?
I think the real question I need to ask myself is: What is my heart’s motivation for giving a response?
As Solomon once said:
There is . . . a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:7)
It takes wisdom and discernment to know when to speak and when to listen.
My prayer today is that the Lord will lead me when it’s time to do one or the other.