The day when Jesus stood alone,
And felt the hearts of men like stone,
And knew He came but to atone—
– that day ‘He held His peace.’
They witnessed falsely to His word,
They bound Him with a cruel cord,
Mad mockingly proclaimed Him ‘Lord’;
– but Jesus held His peace.
They spat upon Him in His face,
They dragged Him on from place to place,
They heaped upon Him all disgrace;
– “but Jesus held His peace”
My friend, have you for far much less,
With rage, which you called righteousness,
Resented slights with great distress?
– your Saviour “held His peace.”
What a picture of our sublime, silent Saviour. He held His peace. He answered not a word to the brutal ones who so cruelly maligned Him.
He Who threw stars into space and painted the butterfly’s wing. He Who set the planets into motion and keeps our tears in a bottle.
He Who orders the tides of the oceans.. “Thus far and no more”. He Who is from eternity to eternity – God Almighty. He could have brought twelve thousand legions of angels to His aid.
He Who came to bind up the broken-hearted and set the captives free. He Who fed the masses with bread and offered the Living Bread of Life to all. He Who turned water to wine and offered Himself as the Living Water to all. He permitted them to say and to do their worst – and yet, He held His peace.
He Who with one breath could have laid them prostrate before His feet. He Who was their Creator – with one fiery rebuke could have silenced them forever. He, without Whose power and authority they could not draw one more breath. He stood before them – God’s Holy Lamb – led as a lamb to the slaughter.
Why? To redeem you and to redeem me. This is your God, and this is my indescribable God.
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