Thursday, March 20, 2014
Code of Silence
Christ practiced the code of silence. He did not defend Himself against His enemies.....and rightly so. His enemies were intent on making Him fall or killing him regardless of what He said. Christ was charged with blasphemy because people heard Him say that He is God or equated Himself with God. When questioned, Christ remain silent because He knew that the enemy intended to persecute Him anyway. Silence is humility.
Luke 23:6-12 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. He plied him with any questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends - before this they had been enemies.
As you can see, even when Christ remained silent, the teachers of the law still vehemently accused him. People saw him performing miracles and preaching on the streets. The Pharisees accused Christ of going against Jewish teaching because Christ worked during the Sabbath when it was forbidden to do any kind of work. They accused Him of blasphemy because He equated Himself with God. They called Him a heretic and He was not wanted among His own people. Imagine that! He was not wanted by His own People, and He was Jewish. They did not consider Christ a Jew because He went against their Jewish Sabbath Law, which is the heart of Judaism. Despite Christ's miracles, His humility, and His kindness toward others, He was punished and condemned to die.
Jesus' silence is humility and even those who judged Him cannot see that humility just as they were unable to see the miracles done on the Sabbath Day. Christ knew that any answer He gives them will not satisfy them anyway because they already judged Him. Members of the Way are called to imitate Christ's humility. We are taught to be like Him especially when persecuted and judged by an adversary. The members of the Way are also taught not to persecute others because Christ never persecuted anyone. Instead, we are called to love even the enemy and to pray for them.