Early in the morning…The Sanhedrin brought Jesus to Pilate having condemned him to death. … The chief priest accused him of many things. So Pilate asked, “are you not going to answer the charges? …but Jesus made no reply and Pilate was amazed. (Mark 15:1-5 NIV)
Jesus’ silence during the trial is astonishing. He made no defense though He was accused of many things. All of them were false. But that is what is so astonishing about His silence. When we are accused of something we have done, we always try to make a defense. If we have done something wrong and we are accused then we are guilty and there is not much we can do about it. We can accept the charge because it is true. Being accused falsely is something altogether different. We feel the whole world is against us. The gossip, slander, backstabbing, etc. we feel betrayed and all alone. While being accused falsely Jesus did nothing, not one word did He utter in all this. There is a lesson we can learn from this I believe. The Pharisees knew who Jesus was. They knew they could not find fault in him. Like Daniel in the Old Testament He was faultless. I believe Jesus’ silence is defense in itself. He said nothing because he did not have to. His life spoke for him. And the Pharisees knew it too. We should learn from the Master that out lives should not require a defense with words but a life shown in holiness through faith to a lost world.