Pastor’s Letter – May 26, 2020 – Never a Word

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

Matthew 27:11

Dear Church and Friends,

Why is the silence of Christ before his accusers so moving? The only person he spoke to at the trial was Pilot. This had a great effect on Pilot. Adam Clarke said, “Silence under calumny manifests the utmost magnanimity. The chief priests did not admire this because it confounded them; but Pilate, who had no interest to serve by it, was deeply affected.”

Pilot marveled, the Jews raged, Barabbas was freed, the mob’s blood-lust satisfied, and we wonder at the silence. Of course, it is one of the fulfilled prophecies concerning the crucifixion. Isaiah told us about this.

  • He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

Jesus was in complete control over his emotions. Faced with certain death he didn’t plead for life because of what was before him. The writer of Hebrews gives us a glimpse of his strength.

  • Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

What a Savior! Both fully God and fully man.

Music: White Oak on the Hill by the Bluegrass Experiment.

Prayer Request: Please lift up the following.

  • Roger McSorley, a friend of Alan Barker. His gallbladder was removed but infection had already set in. He is very ill.
  • Ronnie Jackson, a friend of Alan Barker. He broke his leg in six places and is having surgery to repair it.


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Wednesday Night Bible Study Returns October 7, 2020 @ 7 PM

Question 51: What more is required for our conversion to God?

Answer: He must enlighten our minds, and mollify our hearts, that we may understand, receive, and retain His promise.

Question 52: But Adam knew his sin and God’s voice?

Answer: Yet that knowledge did not bring him to repentance.

Question 53: What was the cause of that?

Answer: The feeling of mercy was not yet given to him.

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.”

All my best.

And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Matthew 27:14

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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