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Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he 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.
Recently, as I was studying for my class at Liberty, there were two things that struck me about Jesus during the events leading up to His crucifixion: His choices and His silence.
It is important to note Jesus' physical condition prior to His beatings. As Jesus was praying in Gethsemane, He was so stressed out (yet, so in control of His emotions) that He began to sweat blood. Medically speaking, this would have caused His flesh to be both sensitive and tender.
Fast forwarding to the trials and his beatings, we find Jesus who chooses to stand His ground. He knew who He was and who He wasn't. He wasn't an earthly king, a messiah to the Jewish people to save them from the oppression of the Romans. No. He was the Messiah for the whole earth (cf. Acts 1:8). He chose to defend His position regardless of the consequences. With Jesus standing up, He received a beat down.
Now imagine a leather whip with metal beads trashing into your back. Imagine sharp thorns piercing your already sensitive and tender skin. Would you remain silent as Jesus did? I wouldn't. I'd would be like, okay, okay, I was kidding. I am not who I said I was. I would do everything I could to back out of the onslaught. Yet, Jesus didn't spew venom at His accusers, nor did He back down. No. He remained silent.
As He walked the dusty road with the heavy rugged cross on His ripped and bloody back, He said nothing. He remained silent. Again, medically speaking, Jesus' back would have been so sensitive and tender, that a slight breeze would make Him scream. He back was raw and tender. The nerves in His forehead were so shot that He would have a major headache to the point that his sight may have been blurred. He was weak, exhausted, bloody, and torn. And yet. He remained silent.
Now, would you in this situation remain silent. I don't doubt Jesus cried out in pain, or winced under the burden of the cross, but that is not the silence I am talking about. I, undoubtedly, would either cower out of it, or I would be egging my tormentors on by saying "Is that all you got!" or "You hit like my grandma!" Yet, Jesus remained silent. He didn't have a parable or some wise saying. He didn't bring down Holy wrath from Heaven. He didn't have a biting rebuke. No. He remained silent. Then, on the cross, He chose to die. I am pretty sure that He felt His heart about to explode (remember the blood and water that poured out when the soldier pierced Jesus' side) and cried out IT IS FINISHED!
Let this simmer.
So any time you are beat for being different, remember Jesus has been there too. Anytime you are mocked, scorned, spit at (literally or figuratively), remember Jesus experienced this too. There is nothing that we have experienced that Jesus hasn't experienced as well. Thus, we can take our burdens, our pains, the screaming voices in our heads, our depression, our stress, our drama, and nail them on the Cross because this is exactly what Jesus went through before and during his crucifixion. If you haven't trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, remember Jesus has felt what you have felt.
There is no one under the sun, no one on this earth that can take your pain, that can fill the emptiness in you. No Hollywood movie star; no sports star; no rock star or book author; nor Muhammad or Buddha; nor any of your Wiccan gods and goddess; none of these can take your brokenness and make you complete. Only Jesus can do this. We all are sheep gone astray. We all have listened to empty philosophy, and empty promises. But in Christ Jesus we have someone who put on flesh and experienced life as we experience; yet, He was with out sin. Only such a person can be the spotless lamb to take away our sins. Only sinless blood can pay the price for what separates us from God. Only through Jesus can the debt be paid. Meditate on Isaiah 53:7, and remember that through Jesus' silence, He silenced the world. He silenced the screams of death that are calling our names; longing to hold us for eternity. In His silence, He shut Satan up and crushed his power over us. The cross is empty, the tomb is empty. In Jesus silence, He conquered death and by trusting in Him we can have eternal life.