Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Like a Lamb Before Its Shearer

Mark 15:1-5 (ESV)
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. [2] And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so." [3] And the chief priests accused him of many things. [4] And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you." [5] But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

“Are you the king of the Jews?” and he answered him, “you have said so.” These are the only words Jesus says to Pilate in the Gospel according to Mark. He is the King of the Jews. He doesn’t deny it, but he affirms it in such a way that he could not be convicted of it. Pilate maintains this when he has Jesus crucified writing above his head that he is king of the Jews. But then the rest of the trial silent as a lamb before its shearer, He doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to make a defense, he lets everything happen just as it is supposed to happen. He is king, but he will not rule as other kings, not as kings of this world. He will not fight his case in court. He will die for his people.

1 comment:

Bror Erickson said...

Well this was supposed to be tomorrow's post, I'll let it sit.