249: Isaiah 53:7b


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 249

Though the Messiah will be falsely accused, He will remain silent and not seek to defend Himself.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 53:7b He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:12-14 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.


Which one of us, when falsely accused by anyone, would not seek to defend ourselves before our accusers?

Even those who know that they are guilty will always speak up to defend themselves. To be accused of the crimes that were attached to Jesus, should have invoked a Holy and Righteous response from Him. He had at His disposal, legions of angels that could have come to His rescue and taken Him from the ravenous wolves who falsely and unjustly tried to convict Him of crimes to which He was innocent. Yet, Jesus spoke not a word of defense for Himself.


We must remember that Jesus was representing all of us at the place of judgment for our sins. Jesus volunteered to stand in our place and bear the full wrath of God’s judgment that we deserved. Because all of us are guilty before a Holy God, we can offer no excuse for the wrongs that we have done. We are aware internally, when we commit wrongful acts. We also know that there is no credible excuse for the fact that we willingly choose to sin everyday.

In the year that king Uzziah of Judah died, Isaiah was given a glimpse of heaven and the Lord sitting upon His throne of Glory. These are the thoughts of Isaiah as he spoke not a word in the presence of God, contemplating what would happen to him:

“Then I said, Its all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heavens Armies.”[1]

If any of us were to stand before God, we would be silent with no strength to lift our eyes or our voices. In every case where the scriptures describe a man who was given the opportunity to see the Lord, they were all without strength and unable to utter a word.[2]

It was for this reason that Jesus stood, before His accuser, silent.

Though He Himself had committed no sin, Jesus bore all of our sins and was made sin for our benefit.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Those who witnessed Jesus’ silence before His accusers marveled that He did not seek to defend Himself. Their amazement probably stemmed from the fact that they were aware that the charges against Jesus were false. Most of those who observed the drama of Jesus’ arrest and conviction were conscious of the fact that He was an innocent man. They must have believed that when Jesus had the opportunity to defend Himself, that He would have risen to do so. When Jesus said nothing, it literally “blew the minds” of those who were anticipating His defense.

Mark 15:5 But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.

Pilate had see many men stand before him. Most were guilty and all had vigorously sought to plead their innocence. This was likely the very first time in his life that the Roman procurator had see a man refuse to defend himself. It is clear by this time that Pilate had doubts about the guilt of Jesus and by the insistence of his wife, he may have determined to set Jesus free at the first opportunity.[3]

To comprehend the reality of Jesus’ innocence, while He was killed for crimes that we have all committed, our hearts should break out in confession and thanksgiving for His benevolent grace.

Jesus was accused, yet He did not speak up to defend Himself. He did not seek to prevent His death, nor persuade those who accused Him that He had not done what was alleged. He gave no answer because He earnestly desired that He might pay the penalty which we owed for our sins. Jesus did this so that none of us would ever have to stand before God and feel His full wrath leveled against the sins we have committed.

It is amazing when we consider that Isaiah wrote that the Messiah would be silent before His accusers, almost seven hundred years before Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death. When we read the entire 38 prophecies of the Messiah’s death as described by the prophet Isaiah (See Prophecy 247), we realize that it is not an accident that these things were written. Isaiah was moved and inspired by the Holy Spirit to give us credible solid evidence that would enable anyone to correctly identify who the Messiah was. Jesus fulfilled not just a few of these distinct prophecies of the Messiah; He perfectly fulfilled all 365.

See Also: Prophecy 232. Although kings shall exercise authority over the Messiah, He shall exercise His authority over them and shut their mouths.

[1] Isaiah 6:5, NLT
[2] Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
[3] Matthew 27:19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

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