Motivated by Love
“And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you." But Jesus made no further answer so that Pilate was amazed.” (emphasis added)
Y’all, how amazing is this statement? I often read over this fact so fast without thinking. How unnatural is this?
Think just for a moment how we, as humans, naturally always defend ourselves.
This scripture even says “Pilate was amazed.” What was Pilate amazed at? If you could think for a moment this wasn’t the first time Pilate had men brought to him to be declared guilty yet none had ever acted as Jesus did. I am sure the previous men Pilate had to judge pleaded, begged, cried, wailed, and fought for their own life and innocence but not Jesus. Jesus’ response was so different that Pilate was amazed! No one in the natural mind would ever NOT defend themselves when being attacked and accused in ways that would lead to their death. Jesus wasn’t going to an easy quick death either but He was going to the cross the most horrific death known to man. Doctors have said that the crucifixion was a medical catastrophy. Who in their natural mind would not do everything to save themselves from such a death especially one who was innocent? I know I am so quick to defend myself when anybody says anything about me. The moment somebody offends me I immediately either justify myself or begin to defend myself. It’s always about me me me! BUT Jesus did not make it about Himself! You see what Jesus did was supernatural. He didn’t succumb to man’s natural tendencies to defend oneself but instead lived a life that was supernatural. It wasn’t just because of His “miracles” that His life was supernatural but because His very character was supernatural! No man ever lived or carried themselves like Him. His LOVE was supernatural, it was beyond any man’s own natural abilities. His silence displayed the supernatural in that very moment when He kept His mouth closed and chose to sit there and take all the false accusations and insults because of LOVE! Love for the Father and love for us! He displayed supernatural love simply by not opening His mouth though He had every right to!
I asked earlier “Who in their natural mind would not do everything to save themselves from such a death especially one who was innocent?” Well, the answer is simple Jesus!
he wasn’t motivated by man’s natural response “to save oneself” but He was motivated by love.
Jesus wasn’t motivated by man’s natural response “to save oneself” but He was motivated by love.
The love of God the most supernatural and powerful force in all the universe! It was the love of God that put His own Son on the cross so that we could be saved from our damnation and destruction. Jesus fully man and fully God kept His mouth shut. Why? Because of love for His Father and for us! It is this love that reaches the deepest and darkest hearts of man.
My goodness what an example! How I live and function so often in the natural and not living in a supernatural love that my Savior displayed. Jesus is my example He is the one that I am to be conformed to! When I read this and realize how supernatural it was for Jesus to simply not defend Himself it creates in me a deep longing for Jesus to make me like this! I realize I am not a man who is capable of responding as Jesus did apart of the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit making me like my Lord. For my life is to be like my Lord’s one that is supernatural and not led by the natural human tendencies I am so prone to display. Forgive me, Lord. Oh Lord Jesus do this in me!