57 Those who arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest. The legal experts and the elders had gathered there. 58 Peter followed him from a distance until he came to the high priest’s courtyard. He entered that area and sat outside with the officers to see how it would turn out.
59 The chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 They didn’t find anything they could use from the many false witnesses who were willing to come forward. But finally, they found two 61 who said, “This man said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood and said to Jesus, “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?”
63 But Jesus was silent Matthew 26:57-63, Common English Bible).
There is a story told in my wife’s family when one of her brothers talked his way into a bit of trouble. It started out with the telling of a story. Cindy’s mother then asked of one of her brothers, “Do you have anything to add?” Cindy’s brother then said something. When he finished, her mother said, “And?” and the brother added more to the story. Things continued that way until the whole story was out in the open.
Cindy’s mother had no idea what the brother had been up to but he didn’t know that. Thinking his mom had already heard all about it, each time she said, “And?” he would continue with more of the story. The short answer is because he didn’t know that sometimes it’s better to just be quiet, he, in essence, told on himself.
For those of us who like to talk, and I am one, it is a hard lesson to learn. When I first went into the ministry I had the delusional idea that I could talk with anyone about my politics. I majored in political science for my undergraduate degree. I was used to having open political debates. When I entered the ministry it didn’t take long for me to learn I will usually be better off if I just learn to keep my mouth shut. It was a lesson I had to learn again in the last election cycle. It is a lesson I am still trying to learn.
In our lesson for today the Pharisees in general and Caiaphas, the chief priests and the whole council were looking for a way to bring charges against Jesus so they could put him to death. And, they were willing to accept false testimony in order to do so.
It took a little while but they finally found two people who were willing to say, “Jesus said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’” Jesus just stood there. He said nothing. In truth, it wouldn’t have mattered what he said. They were determined to find a way. If they were going to kill him anyway, what would be the point in talking?
There is a lesson in that for us. Sometimes, because of our faith, and sometimes for other reasons, there are people out there who, with determination in their hearts, seek to discredit us, or worse. There are times to defend things and there are times we should let it go because perhaps we will make things worse (I am not saying that is what Jesus would have done) or added fuel to their fire. If they are determined to have their way, maybe we should let it go. The truth will come out in the end.
Maybe what we need is, to let God do the talking for us.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved