Pilate: What is Truth?


Truth can be a moving target today…  Politics and personal interests and pride and prejudice all interfere with our commitment and execution of truth in our lives.  The followers of Jesus are not immune to this.  And therefore we need to listen to Jesus more…

37 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.
John 18:37-38

This is one of my favourite exchanges in the Bible.  Jesus is before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who is questioning him about his charges.  Pilate asks him if he is a king and then based on Jesus’ answer declares that Jesus is a king.

Jesus’ response is to re-direct the focus to his purpose in coming to earth, which was to testify to God’s truth.  His kingdom is not of this world and is a future reality.  Proclaiming truth was his mission on earth.  The truth, according to Jesus, will set us free (John 8:32).

Everyone on the side of truth listens to Jesus.  Do you believe that?  Most people do not.  Most would answer that Jesus’ truth is only one truth.  One side of a many-sided object.  Some would say that truth can be molded by its holders.  That it is relative and situational.

Jesus is more definite on truth than most people in the world.  It is his Father’s truth which Jesus told, and Jesus, as the Son of God and equal with the Father in his own deity, is not leaving much room for grey areas.

We are Pilates, aren’t we?  We might, if we are Jesus followers, agree with Jesus’ words to Pilate, yet our lives reflect that we also oftentimes answer as Pilate: “What is truth?”

It is sometimes hard to find in our days.  Politics and personal interests and pride and prejudice all interfere with our commitment and execution of truth in our lives.  The followers of Jesus are not immune to this.  And therefore we need to listen to Jesus more.

I want to be on the side of truth.  That doesn’t mean that I always like what I find because the conviction of God in my life is based on God’s truth.  Still, I want to be on truth’s side.  I want to be on the side of Jesus.  How about you?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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