The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent. (Matthew 26:59–63, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “But Jesus remained silent.” Why? Because they “were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.” It would not matter what Jesus “was going to say,” because it had never mattered to them what He had said in the past. His words were not what they thought the Messiah would say when He came. So they did not believe. “The Jews gathered around him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe.'” (John 10:24–25, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Today, many are looking for what they wished Jesus had said rather than what He did say. They want to “autocorrect” His words, so they won’t have to change. We will all be judged by what He actually said, not what we wish He had said. And by what we do with what He said. Believe what He said and respond today.