Mark – The Facts.


Maturity is seen when we do not strike back with equal harshness in our actions along with hateful words trying to “best” our opponent, especially when a conversation becomes so emotional it is irrational. At these times our silence speaks volumes. This silence is not natural, it is spirit-led by the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Have you ever been in a disagreeable conversation where the other person begins to throw out inevitable words “never” and “always” while getting more emotional with every sentence? This is a sign the conversation is getting irrational and we must back down, back up and put an end to it with our silence. Silence, as shown by Jesus, is not weakness or defeat.

In our next passage, Jesus is now in front of the high priests and other religious leaders who are fearful of losing their power and positions. They have been plotting all along for get rid of Him but they can’t even agree on their accusations. It is sadly comical that their false charges by “witnesses” they have brought it keep canceling each other out. So they resort to lying.
They have become irrational. Jesus knows His teaching is over. Jesus, the Person of Truth, goes silent.

Mark 14 truth

Mark 14, The Message
53-54 They led Jesus to the Chief Priest, where the high priests, religious leaders, and scholars had gathered together. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard, where he mingled with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.

55-59 The high priests conspiring with the Jewish Council looked high and low for evidence against Jesus by which they could sentence him to death. They found nothing. Plenty of people were willing to bring in false charges, but nothing added up, and they ended up canceling each other out. Then a few of them stood up and lied: “We heard him say, ‘I am going to tear down this Temple, built by hard labor, and in three days build another without lifting a hand.’” But even they couldn’t agree exactly.

60-61 In the middle of this, the Chief Priest stood up and asked Jesus, “What do you have to say to the accusation?” Jesus was silent. He said nothing.

WHEN ASKED, Jesus delivers Truth by quoting Scripture. Truth is painful to the messenger.

The Chief Priest tried again, this time asking, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?”

62 Jesus said, “Yes, I am, and you’ll see it yourself:

The Son of Man seated
At the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven.”

63-64 The Chief Priest lost his temper. Ripping his clothes, he yelled, “Did you hear that? After that do we need witnesses? You heard the blasphemy. Are you going to stand for it?”

They condemned him, one and all. The sentence: death.

65 Some of them started spitting at him. They blindfolded his eyes, then hit him, saying, “Who hit you? Prophesy!” The guards, punching and slapping, took him away.

What do we learn?

–Silence is not a weakness or a sign of defeat.
–Truth will win out. Truth is painful to the messenger. Still we must stand for Truth.
–Pray for the Holy Spirit to show us when to speak and when to be silent. He will answer that prayer. That prayer will transform us to be and do what pleases God.
–Sometimes when we feel God is silent with us, maybe it is time to stop the flow of emotional feelings, the irrational demands in our prayers, stop talking, listen and be still and know God. Then He will answer with the Truth we need.

Dear Heavenly Father, When we are baited into rough, irrational conversations that accuse us, judge us and belittle us, you are there helping us and you understand better than anyone. Thank you for helping us with words of Truth or with the strength of silence. We need you every hour in this world. Every hour we need you. 
In Jesus Name, Amen

My favorite song lately…by Matt Maher

Lord, I Need You

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

To teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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