He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Isa. 53:7.
Now let us inquire into the grounds and reasons of this his (the Lord Jesus) most perfect patience. And if you do so, you shall find perfect holiness, wisdom, fore knowledge, faith, heavenly mindedness, and obedience, at the root of this perfect patience.
First, This admirable patience and meekness of Christ, was the fruit and offspring of his perfect holiness. His nature was free from those corruptions, that ours groan and labour under; otherwise he could never have carried it at this rate. Take the meek Moses who excelled all others in that grace, and let him be tried in that very grace, wherein he excels, and see how “unadvisedly he may speak with his lips,” Psal. 106: 33. Take a Job, whose famous patience is trumpeted and resounded over all the world; ye have heard of the patience of Job; and let him be tried by outward and inward troubles, meeting upon him in one day; and even a Job may curse the day wherein he was born. Envy, revenge, discontent, despondencies, are weeds naturally springing up in the corrupt soil of our sinful natures, “I saw a little child grow pale with envy,” said Austin. And the spirit that is in us, lusteth unto envy, (saith the apostle) Jam. 4: 5. The principles of all these evils being in our natures, they will show themselves in time of trial. The old man is fretful and passionate. But it was otherwise with Christ. His nature was like a pure crystal glass, full of pure fountain water, which though shaken and agitated never so much, cannot show, because it has no dregs. “The prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me,” John 14: 30. No principle of corruption, for a handle to temptation. Our high-priest was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, Heb. 7: 26.
Secondly, The meekness and patience of Christ proceeded from the infinite wisdom with which he was filled. The wiser any man is, the more patient he is. Hence meekness, the fruit, is denominated from patience, the root that bears it, Jam. 3: 13. “The meekness of wisdom.” And anger is lodged in folly, its proper cause, Eccl. 7: 9. “Anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Seneca would allow no place for passion in a wise man’s breast. Wise men use to ponder, consider, and weigh things deliberately in their judgments, before they suffer their affections and passions to be stirred and enraged. Hence come the constancy and serenity of their spirits. As wise Solomon has observed, Prov. 17: 27. “A man of understanding is of an excellent (or as the Hebrew is) a cool, spirit.”