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Knowing When to Keep Quiet

Isaiah 53:7

Rev. John F. Wurst

Lent midweek
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

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Wed, Mar 13, 2013 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

Isaiah 53:7

Lent 5


In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Psalmist writes, "Be still, and know that I am God." Shhh. Don't stir. Sit there. Be Quiet. Hear the silence of salvation? That's right. The Lamb of God was silent just like a sheep before its shearers. He said not a word.

The world lashed The Lord Jesus with their tongues just like to lash out against God and neighbor. You use the wicked whip to mock and curse God daily. You scourge your family and friends with the wickedness of your heart.

Against Jesus, the Pharisees, scribes, and townspeople thrashed Him with words like blasphemer, liar, traitor, and champion of Satan for casting out demons. You lash your whip by damning others to hell. You curse God for the difficulties in your life. You deceive others with rumors and lies. Repent.

Jesus did not retaliate. He did not defend Himself during His trial. He remained silent. Obedient. St. Peter writes, "when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but acommitted Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnessó by whose stripes you were healed." (1 Peter 2:23-24)

Jesus was silent. He open not His mouth. He did not curse you for your sins. He did not curse His Father for the cup He was given to drink. Jesus just drank. He even drank the dreg. Jesus did not complain. He prayed. He prayed for His enemies. Jesus prayed for you.

He sweat His Blood for you in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was without sin. Perfect in every way. Yet, He was made sin for you. His flesh was torn and shredded for your sins, your iniquities, your lies and rumors.

Jesus was humiliated, tortured, and killed to earn your salvation. Jesus died your death on Good Friday. He died in your place. He died rejected by His Father, under the weight of the world's sin, and the devil's final lashes of lies and deceit. Jesus did not waiver. He stood firm. Obedient even unto death on the cross.

You are forgiven of your sins this holy day by the very Blood of Christ that flowed from that holy mountain on Good Friday. You are given His promise of everlasting life because He has risen again from the dead. Jesus' life is your life. You have life in Him because you died with Him in His death.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Shhh. Don't stir. Sit there. Be Quiet. Hear Jesus. Your sins are forgiven.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.


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