Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Readings Mar. 20/06 : Matt. 27:11-26; Romans 12:9-21; Psalm 67; Deut. 18-21
GUILTY! With MY Sin.

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Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

The account of these last hours of Jesus’ life are all consuming. Each moment
as He draws nearer to the Cross is filled with eternal import. Jesus never spoke
foolishly or superfluously. But when death draws near, ones words are an
exceptional example of “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
(Luke 6:45). When the outer man is reduced to his lowest place, the inner man
spills out all the more unguarded. So it is we muse often and long on the
Savior’s last seven dying words on the the Cross. There the Divine heart spills
out in stunning displays of mercy, grace, forgiveness, clarity and suffering. But
in today’s reading, it is Jesus’ silence which captures us. “14 But he gave him
no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly
amazed.” How is it so? WHY is it so, that the Redeemer stood there in utter
silence while being accused by so many witnesses, and every one of them
false? Why remain without a single response? It is a marvel of unspeakable
proportions. And yet it seems there can be but one answer. He gave him no
answer, not even to a single word – because He was willingly taking upon Him
the guilt of our sins. He would not excuse Himself, because this is precisely
what He came to do – to suffer in our place. To let the weight of our guilt rest
upon His innocent shoulders that all who believe might receive the weight of His
imputed righteousness on theirs. “Guilty as charged” His silence shouted back.
Not a single word of excuse or blame-shifting. Not a whisper of self-mitigation.
This is what it means to own sin. We STILL don’t follow Him in this, even after
having received forgiveness. We still try to shuffle and cover and shade and
excuse and color and spin. Not Jesus. He knew what it would take. Nothing less
than owing the guilt absolutely without the slightest hint of anything but full
responsibility. And that, not for His own sins, but for ours. This is what it took to
redeem lost men. This is what it means to stand before the judgment bar of
God. And He did that for you and me, out of love. That we might be free. That
sin might have its only means of pardon. Taking God’s just wrath.


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