The Silent Sufferer Condemned


J. C. Ryle comments on Matthew 27:11-26, our Bible reading passage for today-

These verses describe our Lord’s appearance before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. That sight must have been astonishing to the angels of God.

  • He who will one day judge the world allowed himself to be judged and condemned, though “he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9.)
  • He from whose lips Pilate and Caiaphas will one day receive their eternal sentence, suffered silently an unjust sentence to be passed upon him.
  • Those silent sufferings fulfilled the words of Isaiah, “as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opens not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7.)

To those silent sufferings believers owe all their peace and hope. Through them they will have boldness in the day of judgment, who in themselves would have nothing to say.