16
Apr
14

The Question

The Roman governor, Pilate, asked Jesus one of the most fundamental questions of life.

What is truth? – John 18:38​a​ (NIV)

People are on a quest for truth.  They want to know what is genuine and real.  They want to know what is authentic and not fake.  I believe that Jesus is truth.  He said in John 14:6 (NIV), “I am the way and the truth and the life…” (emphasis added).  If you’re searching for truth, your search will lead you to Jesus.  Pilate’s question was in response to Jesus’ statement in verse 37:

You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

​ – John 18:37 (NIV)​
If you are on the side of truth, you will hear Jesus’ voice calling out across the centuries leading you to Himself.  People are tired of lies and half-truths.  People are tired of hypocritical Christians condemning them based on some misinterpretation of God’s Word.  People want the Truth!  Rather than giving them our take on things, we need to give them Jesus.  They need to see that Jesus is the Truth for which they are looking.  People need to see Jesus and His love in action.  They need to know that Jesus makes a difference in our lives.  They need to know that Jesus is real and that He can and wants to be known.  The time has come for the followers of Jesus to stand up for the Truth!  We must give people what they desperately need – the truth of Jesus Christ.  Nothing else will satisfy the question, “What is truth?”

John 18:28-40 (NIV)

Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

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