But when the leading priests and other leaders made their accusations against Him, Jesus remained silent. "Don't you hear their many charges against you?" Pilate demanded. But Jesus said nothing, much to the governor's great surprise. (Matthew 27:12-14)
What if you could not see, hear, or speak? What would your world be like? How would you be able to function in a world of darkness and silence?
My grandson, Jonathan, has spent twenty-one years of his life without the ability to speak. In Jesus' day there were people who were blind, deaf, and mute. Many of them were healed either by the touch of Jesus, or by a word from his mouth. Yet when Jesus had the opportunity to defend himself -- he remained silent.
The prophet Isaiah said, "All of us like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:6-7 NLT)
Jesus was The Truth, no defense was necessary. A King does not need to defend himself. For this reason he came.
Are you able to speak? Someone needs to tell the world about Jesus. If we don't spread the truth, the false prophets and teachers will spread their lies. Let's not be "speechless."