Devotions

Egypt • Devotion #6: Sinless Mouth

I love the movie, “Home Alone.” The older I get, there are two things that crack me up more and more. The first is how in the world a family forgets to take their child with them on vacation. This whole movie has a premise that should psychologically destroy a young kid, and all is made well because he sets up traps to thwart some robbers. This is laughably the greatest inaccurate children’s movie of all time. The second thing I love more and more with age is the sound Harry makes when he is angry or gets hurt. It has taken me 35 years to realize that the words that Harry uses were less than edifying. Also thinking about it, if I had my hand burned, a blowtorch used on my head, and countless amounts of pain brought upon me, I cannot say that I would not be saying the same words as Harry.

The amazing thing about the prophecies about Jesus is that they cover a multitude of aspects of who He is. There are prophecies about where He would come from, His parents, His family, His mission, and how He would handle situations. Isaiah 53:9 says, “And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” The fact that no deceit ever came out of Jesus’ mouth is often an overlooked miracle. No lie, no corruption, and nothing subtle every came out of Jesus’ mouth. For a guy whose vocal box gets him in trouble, this is an amazing example. 

Peter writes to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion” (1 Peter 1:1) about this prophecy. In 1 Peter 2:21-23, he says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” Peter elaborates a little bit on Isaiah’s prophecy by saying that when Jesus was being mocked, He never mocked back. When Jesus was being beaten, He never threatened the Romans or the Jewish leaders.

I have read countless books, articles, and commentaries on the perfection of Jesus. I cannot think of how many times I have preached on that subject. Taking time to realize that there was a prophecy that would state that the coming Messiah would not allow any deceit, violence, or foulness to come out of His mouth while simultaneously having prophecies that have to do with the suffering He would endure, is mind-blowing. I can hardly stub my toe without choice words running through my mind. When I get cut off in traffic, I may have a nanosecond of wanting to exact vengeance. This prophecy is an amazing reminder of just how amazing our Jesus was and is.



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