Philippians 2: 5-8
When I think of Jesus’ final hours, how he bore the jeers of his persecutors in silence, I’m amazed at his humility. Of all people, surely the brilliant Son of God had a few well-placed and convicting last words he could’ve shared with that crowd. I’ve no doubt he was capable of doing just that, yet his silence in the face of the gross injustice about to be dealt him reveals something more powerful about his character.
I think Jesus’ silence was like a last word to those who would believe: this is how we are to walk in his footsteps. The gospels are filled with promised suffering for those who obey Christ. When we suffer, we are wont to claim a loudspeaker. But when we do, we are rejecting the greater hope that has been offered us. When he suffered, Jesus didn’t attempt to lobby the sympathy of earthly powers; he knew that the comforts of humanity are meaningless baubles compared to the promises of God. The peace he demonstrates in his silent walk to the cross is the ultimate exhortation to us as we ache for our final redemption: “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”