Words from the Heart for Friday February 23rd, 2018
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV)
When we are treated unjustly, we want to make sure everyone hears about it. We want people to rise up to our defence. Yet, when Jesus died for us, He was suffering for things He did not do. Yet, He did not attempt to defend Himself but gave His life to take our place. His unselfish love made new life possible for us.
Willard Kitchener MacDonald, popularly known as the Hermit of Gully Lake, was a recluse who, after jumping a troop train to avoid service in World War II, lived in a secluded hut by Gully Lake, Nova Scotia for nearly 60 years. The exact date that Kitchener took up isolation in his home beside Gully Lake is uncertain, whether it was immediately after he jumped the train, or gradually into the 1950s. Kitchener stayed there even after the Canadian government declared amnesty to deserters in 1950.
When someone accuses me of something that isn’t true, my first response is to want to defend myself. I’m going to go and gather all the information I can to prove my innocence. That is a natural human reaction that is based on our sense of justice. Which makes what Isaiah 53:7 says amazing: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.” There were matters of justice at Jesus’ mock trial. He was the only one present that was truly innocent. He was without sin. He could have called the angels to proclaim His perfection. That would have been just. But there was another issue of justice here. He was sent to go through all He did so He could take upon Himself the punishment that we deserve for our sins. God’s justice had been met by His love. Jesus would die a death He didn’t deserve so we could receive the gift of eternal life that we don’t deserve. So He didn’t open His mouth to claim justice for Him. He remained silent so justice could be ours.
These have been words from the heart.