Friday, September 30, 2011


Silent Savior’s Silent Saints!

Verse for Today: Friday, September 30, 2011

Matthew 27:12 – When (Jesus) was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He gave no answer.

Throughout His earthly ministry, whenever Jesus preached, the people listened silently. When He invited, they came forward. Many of His listeners followed Him and some became His disciples. They heard wonderful words from Him and their lives were enriched. But when He stood in front of the religious and political rulers, they all spoke ill of Him and He stood there silently. He didn’t respond to false accusations and lies spoken by false witnesses. He took no effort to justify His case. He had no arguments to prove Himself. He could have spoken a few words to silence His detractors. But He kept quiet and suffered all of the accusations without any response. One word from His mouth would have smashed all His opponents. But He was more interested in the salvation of their souls rather than winning His case. His safety was not important to Him because He knew that He came to suffer for the sinners. He willingly submitted Himself to their mistreatment and oppression. Over the years, we find the life story of several of His children who suffered silently for the Lord who suffered silently for them. Scores of martyrs of the church did the same that the Lord Jesus did by standing trial silently. When there are false witnesses, it would be difficult for us to go into proving ourselves right. When our enemy uses people to misrepresent us, it would be difficult to prove our innocence. It is tough to straighten out the misinterpretations people level against us because the majority of our listeners will only believe what the enemy make them believe. Sometimes even some of our close associates are made to believe wrong things about us and they are even used by the enemy of our souls to spread falsehood about us. In such situations, it is expedient for the child of God to suffer silently just like our Lord and keep praying to the Father to come to our rescue.

Dear reader, are you being falsely accused by the enemy lately? Is he using even your best friends, kith and kin to point accusing fingers at you which you find difficult to disprove? Are you faced with circumstantial evidences against you which are only assumptions cooked up by the evil minds? It is good for us to know that our Lord knows about it all. Before the Lord, you are not the offender. If you silently suffer, the Lord who suffered silently for you will come to comfort you and strengthen you. Even when the whole world disbelieves you, the Lord knows the truth which ought to give you the peace that passes all understanding. We have a long list of His servants who silently suffered, but never bothered to justify themselves. These include Joseph, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, David, Elijah, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and others. They suffered persecution, accusation and threats silently, but continued to serving the Lord without grumbling. There are those who received deliverance from accusations and falsehood, but there are scores of His other servants who are never released from the smokescreen of false allegations. But they declared that they were willing to suffer silently for the Lord who suffered for them. When they stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ, our Lord will have a lot to speak about all who suffered for Him and especially about those who silently suffered. Dear friend, if you are falsely accused, you need to remind yourself that your Lord has gone before you as an example for you to follow. Today you can go to Him and ask for special grace to suffer in silence for Him. Even if the whole world points accusing fingers at you, the Lord will not. He will receive you with open hands and declare your innocence at the right time. So let us be courageous and strong in the Lord when we are forced to face situations of false accusations and praise our Lord for the privilege given to us to suffer silently for our Lord who suffered silently for us.

1 Peter 2:23 – When they hurled their insults at Him, (Jesus) did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to (the Father) who judges justly.

Thought for Today
Silent suffering by a child of God when falsely accused and ill-treated is a fitting response to the love of God demonstrated in silence in front of the Sanhedrin and at the Praetorium.

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