Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

The deafening silence
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard... 1 John 1:1

Jesus. Was from the from the beginning. Which we have heard.
His newborn baby cries. Luke 2:1-7

Teaching in the temple at the age of 12. Luke 2:41-50

Refuting Satan when tempted in the desert. Matthew 4:1-11

Calling His disciples. John 1:35-49 Instructing the stewards to fill the water jars. John 2:1-11

Teaching on the mount. Matthew 5-7 Speaking in parables. Luke 12-19

Explaining the parables. Matthew 15:15-20 Calming the storm. Mark 4:37-41

Rebuking demons. Mark 5:1-20 Foretelling His own death. Matthew 17:22-23

Blessing young children. Matthew 19:13-15 Healing the sick. John 9:1-41

Praying in the Garden. Matthew 26:36-46

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard... 1 John 1:1

Jesus spoke. The people around Him heard his voice. In His 33 years, He squealed as a child, taught, rebuked, comforted, pleaded, corrected, encouraged, prayed, blessed, predicted, challenged, healed, and explained.
Then.. At the most critical point in history, He became silent.

"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." Isaiah 53:7

"And the high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?" But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." Matthew 26:62-63
"Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, 'You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.' So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 'He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, "I am the Son of God."' And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way." Matthew 27:38-44

Though He was condemned, mocked, whipped, beaten and nailed to the cross He remained silent. Not accusing, not defending, not arguing, not condemning, not angry. No rather, He remained silent in submission to the will of the Father in perfect obedience.

"...looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

The silence that was deafening.
Quiet your spirit today, and listen to that silence.

composed by Diane


Carver said...

Beautiful sky and post for Good Friday.

Denise said...

Hi there, beautiful post. And yes I would love to get together for coffee next time you visit your daughter up this way. Happy Easter!

Mountain Woman said...

Thank you for this post for Easter weekend. I am reading a book on prayer that speaks to the important of being silent and allowing God's voice to fill your life.

Thank you also for visiting my blog.