Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)
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.
Romans 3:19 (NIV)
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
Why was he silent before his accusers? Why did he not respond to the accusations of his accusers? Surely Jesus was being unfairly tried and convicted of crimes he did not commit, surely he should have someone to speak up for him while the accusations rang out across the several courts of justice he was just before his crucifixion. The charge against him was he claimed to be God. He could have spoken up for his own defense so why was he silent?
This almost begs the question but perhaps we have not looked far enough, perhaps something else was going on behind the scenes that we had no knowledge of before. The reason for his silence, could it be perhaps that he was no accepting the full weight of our sin on himself and because he was becoming sin he was no standing in our place before the accusers and the evidence was mounting with each passing moment that he was a sinner, yes even more so with every hour that passed.
Listen to his silence and consider what he has done for you. There was coming a day when you would have to stand before God to answer for your crimes against God. The evidence would be overwhelmingly against you, so much that you would have no ability to answer the accusations, you would have only to the receive your just punishment and be led off into an eternity without God.
O but marvel of marvels dear saint, we have one who stood in our place and stood silently before the accusation of the law of God. He was silent before his accusers because he was standing in our sted, he was taking our place. He has set us free so that we might enjoy the everlasting pleasure of praising our God. Psalm 142:7 (NIV)
7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
Do you see it yet church? His silence testifies to us that he took our place and now we have no reason to be silent any longer. Let us loose our tongues and shout his praise for he has set us free from our prison that we might praise his glorious name.
Let the praise begin,