Scripture Mark 15:2-5
2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” 3 Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
- Pilate asks Jesus twice to respond – once he does with “You say so” and once he doesn’t answer at all
- Pilate is amazed that Jesus doesn’t answer the charges against him
As I read these words again from Jesus’ trial in Mark’s gospel I wonder if Jesus doesn’t defend himself in part because he doesn’t defend himself today either. We are forced to respond to Jesus in faith. We must accept the reality of God or not based on what evidence there is. God will not be accused nor indicted.
Even as a Christian I think I sometimes want God to prove Himself. “Ok God, I believe you. Now prove me right.” I follow Jesus but at times I want a reassurance of where the road leads, of what the blessings will be. And generally the answer in the moment is silence.
For me today it says to act on my faith as it is and where I am. To respond in faith to what I know of Christ right now and not to expect God to justify Himself to me or for Christ to vindicate my faith in any particular moment. Faith means that when challenged by circumstances I lean into Jesus and say, as he did to Pilate but with a different meaning, “So you say.” And so I am challenged to respond to the one who would not answer for himself.
Lord, sometimes you are silent. I do not hear your voice and I am unsure of what to do or how to proceed. In my heart I confess that I accuse as Pilate did. I want you to answer, to defend. But I know enough and have experienced enough to know the answer and to know the way through the presence and the life of your Spirit. Amen.