If someone asked you why you believe that Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world, what would you say?
Certainly, there are many ways to show that Jesus was no ordinary man. This would include his miracles, his teaching, what others said about him, his ability to forgive sin, and his resurrection. All of these are appropriate, but something hit me today as I was reflecting on Matt. 27:12-14 which says,
“But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. ‘Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?’ Pilate demanded. But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.”
How does the silence of Jesus to the charges against him show he was the Lamb of God? Jesus is living out what was foretold in Isaiah 53:7 which says,
“He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.”
The silence of Jesus proves He was the Lamb of God who suffered for you and me according to Is. 53. Spurgeon says it this way, “By his quiet he conclusively proved himself to be the true Lamb of God.” When you and I would have been screaming about injustice and defending ourselves in an attempt to protect our lives, Jesus was completely silent so that he could die to save our lives.
As Spurgeon goes on to say, “Never man spake like this man, and never man was silent like him.” His quiet strength in the midst of cruelty and injustice shows that he was the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 and the true Lamb of God who died for you and me to take away the sin of the world!’
Father, thank you again for your amazing grace. How you could allow your Son to suffer without complaint on my behalf is beyond my ability to comprehend. Thank you for your love, patience, compassion, and grace. Thank you for allowing Jesus to die for me as the true Lamb of God.
Following Jesus with you,