TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk.


In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon tells us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” We also learn that there is a time to be silent and a time to speak” In the post TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent, Jesus modeled when and how to be silent. In that post, I shared that the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together to bring people to come and give false testimony about Jesus. During that time of false accusation, Jesus remained silent. He did not respond to the false testimony or lies. The high priest stood up and asked Jesus “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” Jesus did not because it was not time. Jesus stood on the principle found in  1 Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”” Jesus TRUSTED God, God’s promises, God’s testimony about Himself; therefore, Jesus did not have to respond to the false testimony.

Though that is true, we learn when Jesus did respond. It reveals TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk. 

Mark 14

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’”59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

From the text, we know that the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. Despite false testimony, they found no viable, righteous or true reason to put Jesus to death. Jesus knew that He came to die for the sins of man. He had told His disciples as much (Mark 8:31Mark 9:31Mark 10:33Mark 10:45Mark 14:21, Mark 14:41). In Mark 10:45, He said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus was acutely aware of why He was here. That is where we struggle. We exchange our reason for being, to bring glory to God and to enjoy Him while doing so, for our own selfish purposes. That is when trouble begins for us. As Jesus stood before them, He reveals TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk. 

Earlier when they falsely accused Him, He said nothing. Now, He speaks.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Remember in Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”  Again in Exodus 6:2-3, “God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them.” The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin knew full well that Jesus was declaring that He was not only the Son of God, but that we also God Himself. TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk. It was time to talk. It was time to tell them who He was, why He came and what would happen on His return. 

As students of the Old Testament texts, the priest, elders and teachers of the law realized that Jesus was equating Himself with God and that He would be involved with judging the world including them just as God had pronounced judgement on Jerusalem. Daniel 7 would no doubt be on their minds. Jesus had told His disciples  “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory (Mark 13:26). As such, He conveyed that He would be involved with the final judgement upon His return. He was only conveying that to the Jews who were not following Him.

TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk. When is it time to talk? When we are proclaiming the truth about God to those who need to hear the truth. Jesus did not defend Himself to them because He did not need to nor would they have believed Him which is why He tells them “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” At that, then they will truly know that He is the Son of God. It was a truly a judgement on them. The Centurion in Mark 15 was able to come into the belief that Jesus was the Son of God; yet, they would not.

If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, it is time to talk to others about who He is, why He came and why He will return.  TRUST: Some Times, It is time to Talk. Tell the Truth and shame the devil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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