“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 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 53:6,7)
He opened not His mouth – not before the Sanhedrin; not before Pilate; not on the cross where He was reviled and reckoned a transgressor. He committed not a single crime, neither toward God or man, but He endured the most grievous form of capital punishment known in the ancient world. He did not suffer the just punishment of His wrongdoing; He suffered wrongfully.
When we are buffeted for our faults we do well to take it humbly – acknowledging where we went wrong, letting the discipline we receive bring about the correction we need. But when we’ve done well, and instead of receiving praise, we are charged falsely and slammed with undeserved punishment, we have been given the golden opportunity to share the glory of Christ. But this glory is ours only if suffer with Him, responding as He did – taking it patiently, not retaliating, committing our soul to the Just Judge whose knowledge of us is just and true.
Christ said nothing because had He justified Himself He would not have been able to justify us. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Cor. 5:21) But the day of His vindication is coming. The day when His record will be universally cleared and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess who He truly is. Then all those who humbly acknowledged their sin and patiently endured their cross will sit down with Him on His throne forever and ever.
In the world to come, a crown of glory awaits all those who willingly, patiently wear the crown of thorns now.