Blessed… Sometimes It’s Better to Say Nothing

57 Those who arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest. The legal experts and the elders had gathered there. 58 Peter followed him from a distance until he came to the high priest’s courtyard. He entered that area and sat outside with the officers to see how it would turn out.

59 The chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 They didn’t find anything they could use from the many false witnesses who were willing to come forward. But finally, they found two 61 who said, “This man said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood and said to Jesus, “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?”

63 But Jesus was silent Matthew 26:57-63, Common English Bible).

There is a story told in my wife’s family when one of her brothers talked his way into a bit of trouble. It started out with the telling of a story. Cindy’s mother then asked of one of her brothers, “Do you have anything to add?” Cindy’s brother then said something. When he finished, her mother said, “And?” and the brother added more to the story. Things continued that way until the whole story was out in the open.

Cindy’s mother had no idea what the brother had been up to but he didn’t know that. Thinking his mom had already heard all about it, each time she said, “And?” he would continue with more of the story. The short answer is because he didn’t know that sometimes it’s better to just be quiet, he, in essence, told on himself.

For those of us who like to talk, and I am one, it is a hard lesson to learn. When I first went into the ministry I had the delusional idea that I could talk with anyone about my politics. I majored in political science for my undergraduate degree. I was used to having open political debates. When I entered the ministry it didn’t take long for me to learn I will usually be better off if I just learn to keep my mouth shut. It was a lesson I had to learn again in the last election cycle. It is a lesson I am still trying to learn.

In our lesson for today the Pharisees in general and Caiaphas, the chief priests and the whole council were looking for a way to bring charges against Jesus so they could put him to death. And, they were willing to accept false testimony in order to do so.

It took a little while but they finally found two people who were willing to say, “Jesus said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’” Jesus just stood there. He said nothing. In truth, it wouldn’t have mattered what he said. They were determined to find a way. If they were going to kill him anyway, what would be the point in talking?

There is a lesson in that for us. Sometimes, because of our faith, and sometimes for other reasons, there are people out there who, with determination in their hearts, seek to discredit us, or worse. There are times to defend things and there are times we should let it go because perhaps we will make things worse (I am not saying that is what Jesus would have done) or added fuel to their fire. If they are determined to have their way, maybe we should let it go. The truth will come out in the end.

Maybe what we need is, to let God do the talking for us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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