Alone and Silent

“Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people”
(John 18:12-14)

Reflection:
Having won the battle and overcome temptation Jesus now walked calmly into His future. Matthew makes this clear as He records Jesus words to the disciple with a sword.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”  (Matthew 26:52-54)

With that He was led away. His disciples deserted Him there and fled. They fled into the darkness of their own fear.

Twelve legions of angels armed and ready. But He did not call for them. Later on the cross He was taunted by the chief priests, but He did not respond to them.

“The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him” (Matthew 27:41-42)

Jesus let God’s will play itself out around and through Him. He needed no defence for being on the right path. He would do nothing to avoid it.

“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” (Isaiah 53:7)

And so He sat quietly in the courtyard of the high priest’s house – and waited. Before another day had passed the pain and the trauma would be over. These were moments of stillness before the guards began to mock and beat Him – relieving their boredom by playing with the Son of God. And still He said nothing.

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