Christ the living wisdom of God


He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30

I’ve always wondered why Jesus was not totally silent during his trial and now see that his broken silence was, perhaps, the wisdom of God personified.

It is clear, as Jesus remained silent that he fulfilled Isaiah 53:7. However, by breaking his silence is the prophecy of Isaiah undone? No, something else is going on related to the wisdom of Proverbs when dealing with fools.

The Sanhedrin must have thought that Jesus was a fool, as only a fool would not defend himself against false charges when his life is at stake. Jesus is then certified a lunatic for his claim to be the Son of God. From the Sanhedrin’s perspective Jesus is an idiot and a deluded one at that. Proverbs 26:4-5, however, reveals the real fool:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:4-5.

The charges against Jesus were transparently false and yet Caiaphas foolishly asked Jesus to give an answer for them, to defend himself when a defence was unnecessary. But, the witnesses had committed perjury, so why should he respond? As Jesus remained silent everyone in the court knew that Caiaphas was the fool for asking Jesus to defend himself. Uncomfortable with this situation, Caiaphas then charged Jesus under oath to respond to the charge “are you the Christ, the Son of God?” This too is foolish. Jesus had not made that claim but everyone knew by his teaching action miraculous actions that Jesus was who Caiaphas said he was. Jesus was not going to deny that he was the Son of God, so he replied according to the folly of Caiaphas.

On trial, Jesus is the wisdom of Proverbs 26:4-5 personified and Caiaphas was a fool.

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One Response to Christ the living wisdom of God

  1. James Oakley says:

    Helpful Neil. I was preaching on the Luke trial narratives recently, and noticed the “paradox” that he, on the one hand, refuses to answer, but then answers anyway.

    I think the Proverbs 26 angle on that is illuminating

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