Context: Matthew 27: 11-26
Focus: Matthew 27: 11-14
” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.”
When Jesus was brought before Pilate, the Roman Governor, Pilate asked Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.” But when the leading priests and elders made their accusations against Him, Jesus remained silent. Pilate said, “Don’t you hear all these charges against you? But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.
Innocence needs no defense. Jesus knew none of the accusations were valid, but when something which was true was said, he always gave the response,
” You have said it.”
He did not acknowledge false testimony and I believe neither should those who have been justified by His shed blood.
I have wondered when I’ve been accused falsely why I lose all train of thought, and find it difficult to come up with an adequate defense. My mind and words become jumbled and confused. Maybe it is because the best response is silence, then the accusers are left with the accusations, and able to hear their own words.
And isn’t it wise to know, conviction is most apt to occur when we allow the Holy Spirit to take control?
Most of the time I find myself the target of the accuser when I am doing God’s Will. Satan knows my weakness and comes in for the kill. My weakness is feeling inadequate, as though it’s all up to me. And when I think I have missed the mark, pride sets in and I become angry, discouraged, disillusioned, within.
The only remedy to the darts of accusations are God’s Word. As the Word is prompted in my heart, I need not give a reply but a self-acknowledgment of who I am.
“Therefore, there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus”, as I recall,
His salvation has made me righteous, and His faithfulness alone, makes me stand.
My Prayer: Lord, thank you for being there at the Father’s right hand, forever interceding for those whom you have redeemed by your shed blood. Remind me of this, and let my response to any accusations be your response, which is faith in your “Words” and not my own.
“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.” Matthew 10:19-20
CR – Romans 8: 1-4, Revelation 12:10, Matthew 10:19-20, Psalm 37:24