He Did Not Open His Mouth

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth … So He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

The fact that Jesus did not open His mouth during His sufferings is a rarity among men, and a miracle in itself! How many of us grumble and complain about the sufferings we endure. We just HAVE to give vent to how miserable we are; how oppressed; and how difficult things are for us. When we run out of people nearby to tell, we post it on Facebook and let everyone know about it!

Yet Isaiah tells us here that Jesus “did not open His mouth.” In fact he says it TWICE in this verse. He did not complain. Jesus knew the sufferings He endured were God’s purpose for Him, and that He would use them for good: for our redemption.

Perhaps if we had the same confidence that we were doing God’s will, we could have the same meek attitude that Jeuss did, and accept whatever hardships God allowed to come into our lives.  Perhaps part of our problem is that we have scheduled and taken upon ourselves things which God never intended for us to do?  Perhaps we have overloaded ourselves with things that weren’t His will, and that is why we cry out so?

But Jesus knew that He was perfectly within the will of God when He took our sufferings upon Himself. That’s what He was here for. And He did it with a spirit of acceptance, and “did not open His mouth” — not only as a Savior, but as a great Example for us all!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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