"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, So He did not open His mouth.’ (Isaiah 53:7)

Yesterday's message on walking humbly before GOD brought to mind Journalist-missionary Pierre van Paassen's account of how during World War II, Nazi soldiers arrested an ageing rabbi, stripped him naked, and demanded that he preach the sermon he’d prepared for the following Sabbath. With great dignity, the old man asked if he could wear his yarmulke, and his captors agreed, thinking it added greatly to the joke. Then, while they jeered and prodded him, the elderly rabbi talked about what it means to walk humbly before GOD.

Isaiah wrote that ‘He was “led like a lamb to the slaughter, and…he did not open his mouth.”‘ Jesus could have appealed to His Father. "... Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will immediately provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?” (Mat 26:53 AMP).

Instead, Jesus, the Captain of our Faith (Heb 2:10), chose to endure the cross and its shame - all in order to save you.

As usual, I asked the Lord what He wanted to say to us, and here's what He led me to, "Through Him, we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Rom 5:2)

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.” (Rev 2:11) ❤️