“And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 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.”
Three groups of people are represented in the verse above. The first group are the accusers of Christ, who were nothing more than jealous, self-focused individuals. This group was so desirous to destroy Christ that they knowingly brought in false witnesses to witness against Christ. Verses 59-60 says about these witnesses, “Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.” Though the accusations against Christ may have sounded legitimate to some, these accusations were wrong.
The second group represented in the verse above is not a group, but a person and that person was Jesus. Jesus had the power to defend himself, but He chose to hold his peace. The reason He held His peace was because, if He had answered them, He would not have been crucified; therefore, He chose to hold His peace so that He could die for the sins of mankind. Jesus was different from the first group because He was focused on helping others.
The third group represented in the verse above are those who watched and listened to the accusations, and most in this group found themselves getting caught up in the emotional moment to their shame. Had these people responded right, they would not have found themselves on the wrong side of history. Everybody will find themselves to be the third group at some point in their lives. Accusations about someone will become public, and you will feel that you need to make a decision about the accusations. Let me give a few thoughts concerning what you should do with accusations.
First, accusations don’t mean that the allegations are true. Just because someone accuses another doesn’t mean that they are true. If you don’t want to find yourself standing on the wrong side, you had better withhold your judgment and statements about something you do not know. Even if the claims are true, you don’t know them to be true because you are standing on the outside looking in. Always remember that most accusations sound true, but that doesn’t make them true.
Second, you don’t have to make a judgment. This crowd didn’t have to make a judgment, but they did and found themselves standing on the wrong side. Others may demand that you make a judgment about accusations, but unless it is your area to make a judgment, you would be wise not to get involved.
Third, time always reveals who is right and wrong. Time always vindicates the innocent and indicts the wrong. You have time on your side; so, let time be the revealer of right and wrong instead of feeling that you have to make a choice about who is right and wrong.
Fourth, you should never rejoice or be happy if the accusations become true. You will find yourself standing on the wrong side of trying to destroy the fallen instead of restoring them if you rejoice when what is said is found to be true. Your desire should always be that the fallen is restored to usefulness. You’ll never be able to help the fallen if you get caught up in the crowd’s desire to destroy them.