Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
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.
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