Re: Verse reading–Mark 14:43-52; 15:1-15 (day three)

“Jesus still made no reply.”  Consider: The one whose speech alone brought the universe into existence did not utter a word here.  This is what the use of speech looks like in the hands of a master.  Jesus refused to treat words as an escape hatch from the present moment.  Like using friendship to advance a self-serving agenda, or using others’ feelings of compassion to evade your responsibilities, the use of words to circumvent your own suffering is existential malpractice.  At this point, words would have only served to shield Jesus from the suffering that must come for the good of the human race.  You have perhaps desired to imitate the words of Jesus.  What will it take for you to imitate the silence of Jesus?

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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