I can be quiet in a crowd.
When talkers are ramping high, my introverted side kicks in and I just listen.
I slip into the silent gap with ease.
But sometimes being quiet makes me feel like I’m boring.
And if I do have something to say, I wonder:
Would my words say anything different?
If I had been with Jesus in his final hours, what would I have said?
- Judas kissed him and said, “Rabbi!”
- Annas the high priest drilled him with questions.
- The assembly of the elders said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.”
- An officer accused him, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”
- Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews? What have you done?”
- Herod provoked him, hoping to see a sign.
- The soldiers taunted him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
- The Jews blasted him, “Crucify, crucify him!”
- The rulers scoffed at him, “He saved others; let him save himself!”
- Bystanders derided him, “Let us see whether Elijah will save him.”
- A hanging criminal railed at him, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
- The other neighbor said, “Jesus, remember me in your kingdom.”
- Jesus cried out with a loud voice, yielding up his spirit.
- The centurion confessed, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
- and God said . . . nothing.
What would I have said? What would you have said?
What kind of company would we have been on that day?
I’m guessing no words would have come.
My lips sealed in fear, in helplessness, in confusion.
I would have added no value to the conversation.
BUT . . .
Easter is upon us again.
What will I say now?
What will you say?
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Looking at the words that were spoken, which ones might come out of your mouth? Why? Please share.
- Are You a Spiritual Misfit, Too?
- “My Man Jeeves”