Every Easter, a different aspect of the story stands out. It’s as if everything I read, every word spoken by a pastor, and every conversation I have with others come together and speak a message that God wants me to reflect on each year. This Easter season, I realized a lesson that is so important for this generation…
Silence is golden.
In the world today, people are fighting to let others know their opinions. When people don’t get their way, they will scream and shout until everyone is practically throwing things at them to get them to shut up. Two people can be talking at each other without having a conversation. All that matters today is being heard. As it is said, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. The one who does the most complaining, and the most explaining, will be the one who gets attention, and who ultimately gets what he or she wants.
But that’s not the way that Jesus left this Earth. You see, Jesus had all the power in the world to do whatever He wanted. When the rulers of the law hurled insults at Him, Jesus had the wisdom to know how to defend Himself. He could have used His words to hail thousands of angels to come to His side and destroy any accusation made against Him. But the mode of attack that Jesus chose to use…was silence.
Our Savior, on the day He could have glorified God by showing the world His power, putting to death any form of doubt, opted not to fight back. He opted to glorify God by doing what we least expected. He gave darkness five minutes of fame. All along, Jesus knew that His power would overcome, so He didn’t have to defend Himself against His mockers. He already knew that it was impossible for them to kill Him, so He willingly let them give it their best effort to try.
In a world that is screaming at us for attention, we must find a way to disconnect for a few minutes and recollect our thoughts. In a society that makes it difficult to keep up, we must find a way to be content with our current situation for just a few minutes, instead of starving for something different. In a place where the one who yells the loudest gets the biggest prize, we must find a way to listen to the faint whispers of those who have a message we need to hear.
Those who are truly powerful don’t have to prove their power. They just have to be themselves. Instead of trying to prove ourselves with our words, let’s allow our actions to speak for us.