“Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. When He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He gave no answer. Then Pilate asked Him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge – to the great amazement of the governor” (Matthew 27:11-14).
Pilate is amazed. He’s dumbfounded. His gears are seriously jamming. Jesus won’t defend Himself against His accusers. He answers Pilate when he asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” But he won’t answer those who oppose Him. And Pilate doesn’t get it. He can’t fathom why in the world Jesus doesn’t answer them. But that’s precisely why. Because His Kingdom is not of this world. And so He refuses to answer.
Jesus doesn’t answer because He is in complete control. Of Himself. Of the situation. It may seem as if things are spiraling out of control, but they are far from it. God is sovereign. Jesus doesn’t answer because “as a sheep before his shearers is silent he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). Jesus is fulfilling the plan of God, the purposes of God, in every way. And He knows it. Though His actions He’s fulfilling prophesy. Intentionally. Jesus doesn’t answer because His critics wouldn’t listen even if He did. Would it change their minds? Their hearts? No. And so He doesn’t answer.
One more crucial reason that I believe Jesus doesn’t answer is because He knows who He is as He stands before the Father. He is complete. He is whole. He is without blemish. Without defect. Without fault. And ultimately, it matters not what the critics think of Him; of who they believe Him to be. What matters is that He fulfills the will of the Father in His life. Beyond that, does anything else really matter?
Who we are in the Father’s eyes matters more than everything else. When it is all said and done, it’s really all that matters.
Glory to God!