HOST: Ron House
Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him."
“What is truth?” It is a profound question, even if Pilate didn’t mean for it to be. While Jesus represented (and in fact embodied) truth, every tactic and accusation employed by His enemies was untruthful. Truth has always made the difference between right and wrong, righteousness and disobedience. To know and obey the truth makes one faithful and pleasing to God. Truth is important! Jesus came to once and for all bring truth to the world. He came into the world, bringing “grace and truth” (John 1:17) and in fact claimed to Himself be “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). In a religious world that is still today filled with confusion, misunderstanding, and inaccurate teaching, Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” is a question that, if asked by an honestly seeking heart, can make all the difference, leading him away from the teachings and ideas of men and to the source of truth, God’s Word.
Why do you think there are so many different “truths” taught today?
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