Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He never answered him a word, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
— Matthew 27:13-14
Jesus was silent, we are told. He “opened not His mouth” before His accusers. Scripture states, “… yet he opened not his mouth; he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7).
Why was Christ silent before His accusers? He easily could have defended Himself. They could not prove anything against Him. He, indeed, confessed that He was the Son of God when questioned—and this is what brought about His crucifixion.
There was no deceit; there were no lies in His mouth. He was absolutely without sin. Why didn’t He say something?
The reason, my friends, and you should never forget this, is that He was guilty . He was the guiltiest man the world has ever seen, for all of our guilt was imputed to Him, and He became sin for us, the Bible says. It was your guilt and mine, all of ours that was upon Him. For our guilt, He endured the agony of His crucifixion. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. Our guilt was imputed to Him and He became sin for us.
Question to ponder:
What must it have been like for the Creator of the Universe to stand before His creatures as they condemned Him to death?