by Steve Wagers

When Jesus Gives the Silent Treatment
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Luke 23:8-12

1. His Temporary Interest in Jesus!
A) How He Waited for Jesus
B) What He Wanted from Jesus
2. His Trivial Inquiry of Jesus!
A) A Silent Response
B) A Sobering Revelation
3. His Tragic Iniquity against Jesus!
A) He Shut Him Down
B) He Sent Him Away

In Webster's 1971 Unabridged Dictionary there were a total of 450,000 words in the English vocabulary. According to the 2004 Encyclopedia Americana there are now 800,000 words in the English vocabulary, 300,000 of which are technical terms.

The average person knows 10,000 words and uses 5,000 in everyday speech. A journalist knows approximately 15,000 and uses around 10,000. Women possess about 25,000 words in their vocabulary, to use every day; and, men possess around 10-15,000 words in their vocabulary.

Thus, the reason when a man comes home at night, and doesn't desire to talk it's because he has already used his quota for words for the day. Conversely, the reason the wife is still chatting lying in bed is because she is trying to use her words before the day is over.

If you've been married any length of time you know what it's like to be a victim of the silent treatment. The silence seems to speak far more loudly than any words. The silent treatment is often accompanied by a look, or looks, that could kill someone door knob dead.

I have noticed that the times I have received the silent treatment I hear things around the house I've never heard before. I hear faucets dripping, floor creaking, appliances running, and someone making noises in the attic. Everything around me blares when I'm a victim of the silent treatment.

Jesus spoke to many different people in many different ways. Jesus always had a word for those who needed it, when they needed it. He was never at a loss for words, and oh what words He spoke.

He had a word for a religious teacher, late at night, named Nicodemus. He had a word fo ...

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