Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 1, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 1, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Christ suffered in silence
"Now the chief priests and the whole council were
looking for false testimony against Jesus so that
they might put him to death, but they found none,
though many false witnesses came forward. At last
two came forward and said, 'This fellow said, "I am
able to destroy the temple of God and to build it
in three days."' The high priest stood up and said,
'Have you no answer? What is it that they testify
against you?' But Jesus was silent. Then the high
priest said to him, 'I put you under oath before the
living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son
of God.' Jesus said to him, 'You have said so. But
I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the
clouds of heaven.' Then the high priest tore his
clothes and said, 'He has blasphemed! Why do we
still need witnesses? You have now heard his
blasphemy. What is your verdict?' They answered,
'He deserves death.' Then they spat in his face
and struck him; and some slapped him, saying,
'Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that
Jesus chose to be silent while many came forward
and lied about him. Finally two came forward and
intentionally distorted his words. Their testimony
gave the high priest what he so ardently sought. A
blasphemy charge would put Jesus to death according
to their religious traditions and laws. I find it
utterly incomprehensible that these religious leaders
were so hateful and intent on destroying Jesus. Yet
world history reveals horrific brutality and terrible
suffering has been inflicted on millions through
centuries of well-intentioned and zealous (un)holy
wars, inquisitions, and religious crusades.
Jesus remained silent throughout this travesty of
justice. Chaos erupted as the chief priest and the
assembly of spiritual leaders unanimously issued
their verdict of blasphemy. They began to physically
attack and brutalize the Silent One. They spit in
his face, slapped him, and beat him with their fists.
The horrible ordeal was just beginning.
Years later, Peter would recall the prophetic ancient
words spoken centuries earlier as he wrote these
encouraging words to suffering fellow believers
about his beloved Jesus, "To this you were called,
because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an
example, that you should follow in his steps. 'He
committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his
mouth' [Isaiah 53:9 NIV]. When they hurled their
insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he
suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted
himself to God who judges justly. He himself bore
our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might
die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds
you have been healed. For you were like sheep going
astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and
Overseer of your souls" (1 Peter 2:21-25 NIV).
Our souls need this Shepherd. His courage and
dignity in the face of hatred and violence can be
ours. Let us follow in his steps, and likewise
entrust our souls to God who is just.
God, bless me with the spiritual empowerment that
comes from Christ alone. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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