Christmas (Messianic) Prophecy #8

Posted by on Dec 10, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Messiah was to be silent before His accusers
Isaiah 53:7

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.”
The fulfillment is seen in the Gospels. If you read Luke 23 yesterday, then you’ll remember reading this in verses 8-11.
Herod was glad to see Jesus! But his happiness was bathed in selfish motives. He hoped to see Jesus perform some miracle! The whole time he’s questioning Jesus, the Messiah’s response was…………..(silence).
Then Herod joined his soldiers in mocking Jesus and dressing Him in robes as a king.
In between Herod’s hope of a show of miracles and his mocking show, the chief priests and scribes were vehemently accusing Him. Noise, noise, more noise.
Jesus’ response to them? Nothing but silence…………………………….
Jesus is all-powerful. He could have called a myriad of angelic hosts to His side to put an end to these mocking men. He could have said a word and they would have fallen dead. But, it was not to happen that way. He knew it. He obeyed His Father’s wishes.
“Incarnation” means “God in the flesh” and that is what we are celebrating when we celebrate Christmas and Jesus’ birth. We are celebrating God dwelling among men as a man in the form of Christ.
We sing “Silent Night” this season of every year. We picture Jesus having been born, swaddled and tightly held close to Mary as she and Joseph gaze at God incarnate. It had to be an awesome (really good use of that word here) experience. I bet they were quiet.
I want to make a suggestion. Take a walk at night sometime during this Christmas time. Take in the quiet (I hope it’s possible for you). If you live in a safe area, good. If not, take a walk during the day, but by yourself, somewhere safe. Leave the iPod/mp3 player at home. Ponder the silence.
Ponder Jesus’ silence when He was mocked.
Ponder God’s silence when He turned His back on Jesus on the cross.
Ponder and be amazed.

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