Matthew 26:63-64 (KJB) But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
It has been said silence can be deadly. Maybe so, but sometimes silence can be golden. In the case of Jesus Christ remaining silent is supernaturally peaceful.
It is typical of a man to give an answer to those who gather together to rail against him. Certainly, you have faced ridicule and mockery a time two and was not able to remain silent. Why, it is natural for a person to speak out against such accusations and harassment when receiving ill-treatment. After all, most people would say they have personal rights and cannot be personally violated by such unbecoming behavior coming from another individual or group of people.
However, when you read these verses that is not what the holy nature of Jesus chose in this verse and in other instances when facing persecution ad was recorded in God’s Word. Here, in this verse Jesus personally illustrates keeping silent against persecution choosing instead to testify to His accusers about the unchanging Truth of God. Yes, this kind of practice is natural for The Son of God.
“Jesus held His peace…” Easy for professing Christians to read, easy to understand. However, it is hard to put into practice or apply in our lives as we desire to mirror the holy and righteous character of God as we sojourn on this wicked earth.
Sadly, some per-versions changed this portion of scripture to say “But Jesus kept silent..” or “But Jesus remained silent…” instead of the original divine wording “But Jesus held his peace…” If you are a child of God you know there is nothing like having the peace of God. His peace passes simple human based understanding as is written in Philippians 4:7-9 in any state of affairs.
Yes, make no mistake, this kind of character is supernatural, or natural for Christ but unnatural for lost hearts. It is often hard (not impossible) for genuinely saved hearts who are spiritually growing and maturing in this wicked world to choose to model this kind of behavior in the name of Christ. Doing so can only be accomplished by relying solely on His power and presence and not relying on our own weakness as we sojourn in this wicked world. If you are like me, you often want to speak out in times when we should choose to remain silent and tucked inside the supernatural power and purposes of Christ.
In the second scripture verse here Jesus spoke saying “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven…”
Do you see it? Jesus spoke of the Son of man in pointing to Himself; Jesus Christ. Not the Son of Man, or the Mighty One as other Bible Per-versions have chosen to alter this text.
Along with the ever-changing words, the choice of punctuation and capitalization applied are also important elements to consider when reading the Bible. It is no mistake that secular based editors, grammar checkers, and word processing software mark up most passages in the name of “modernizing” God’s Word with a harsh sea of red. Such imposed correction is for highlighting “errors” including that of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and “modernized” syntax undoubtedly altered from what was originally recorded at the inspiration and direction of God for our reading and application.
As you know, God does not make errors, He is perfect, and certainly, His Word was recorded without requiring any alterations. It is timeless and perfect and can be found for English speaking people in the King James Bible.