The Daily Office | February 22, 2018
Psalms 108, 109
Collect: The First Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Maybe it’s an innocuous as taking someone’s keys when they are frenziedly searching for them or as grave as being accused of stealing or committing a crime that you didn’t do. Everyday, we face unjust accusations--from others and from ourselves. In those cases, we jump to self-justify, to clear our names, to plead our case.
In today’s passage, we see Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the sinless man and almighty God, stand before Pilate, accused of grand treason. But though Jesus “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 57:3).
Jesus Christ, the one who will come again to judge the living and the dead, the Word of God made flesh, remains silent. Rather than speak judgement over Pilate, the corrupt system, and the hokey trial, takes it all. He takes it so that on judgement day, we can cling to him and be set free. He remains silent in this moment so that, through his blood on the cross, he can proclaim freedom over us.