Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (day two) He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth…53:7a
He kept quiet. Our first reaction when we see injustice is to shout, rage against the machine, cry out for right. Jesus kept silent. Does this mean that we are to sit idly by and watch people endure cruelty or oppression? Certainly not, but Jesus had the long game in mind as he endured his affliction. If he would have called out or spoken up what would that have meant for me or you? His refusal to defend himself sealed our opportunity for salvation. If, when you witness injustice, you are filled with a righteous indignation stop and think of what Christ endured and how he allowed it to take place. For you.
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Great reminder! Silence in times of personal sufferings is the best and smart strategy. Reacting right away can create more chaos and dramas. Think first before speaking up or acting. I do feel the reason for Jesus Christ to keep quiet is his obedience of God as he knew the suffering was part of God’s plan for him. Jesus provided a great example for us to follow. Acceptance of a cruel act or behavior is hard but I am sure we will find peace and comfort if we think that is the result of God’s plan for our life on earth and to obey Him. Following Jesus is a great choice!!
Phuong Le Callaway, PHD, CA