What is truth? The officials who arrested Jesus would do anything to see him executed. They deceived and twisted every truth to further their goals. Pilate didn’t see any real evidence. Everyone spinning truth their own objectives. And the real truth sets us free…
66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”
71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Luke 22:66-71, 23:1-5, 21
Jesus’ charge was that he blasphemed by claiming to be Messiah. Of course, when the religious leaders took him before Pilate, who was ultimately in power in the region, they added charges of subversion of the nation and opposing taxes to Caesar.
This was meant to get Pilate excited. Pilate’s job was to keep the region quiet, as Rome’s local governor, and keep the revenues flowing back to Rome. They were pushing his buttons. Of course, the truth of the matter is that Jesus had been asked about taxes already. His reply was to give Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give God what is God’s.
They would do anything to see Jesus executed and so they deceived and twisted every truth to further their goals. Pilate didn’t see any real evidence. He was ready to let Jesus go, in fact, and they kept shouting Crucify…
In the middle of all this, and we see it in John’s account of the story, Pilate asks, ‘What is truth?’ Everyone in the story was spinning truth their own way for their own objectives. All while Jesus’ life hung in the balance.
Jesus’ truth is that he knew this had to happen. The means of the conspiracies and the deception and the way the religious leaders incited the crowds were insults added to the injury of our sin. Yet that’s why this had to happen. The truth of the crucifixion of Jesus is less about political deception and misuse of power among the religious leaders and Pilate. This is about the truth of our sin which needed to be paid for.
Jesus’ death paid for my sin. And yours. The charges against us are not trumped-up. They are not false.
We are guilty. And the innocent Jesus was arrested, tried, convicted, and executed for us. That’s the real truth…