23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
He didn’t speak a word (see verse 9 and Isaiah 53:7). Not one word. I never realised how profound this was. At His word the universe was created. At His word the sick were healed. At His word the demons fled. One word from Jesus and the dead are raised to life. John even describes Jesus as the Word.
Just one syllable from Jesus could have put an end to this horrendously unjust trial – yet He said nothing.
And so, through His profound silence, my salvation is purchased.
And maybe, I’m learning that when my loving Heavenly Father says nothing, what He is saying to me is so much more meaningful than words can express.
Lord, help me not interpret your silence as coldness or judgement but remember your silence bought me salvation.
Written by Boudy VanNoppen