Fourth Trial- Pilate (6:30)

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.  29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?  30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.  31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:  32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Pilate was he Roman procurator of Israel.  He was the end of the law, and the Sanhedrin would have to go through him for Jesus to be put to death.  Pilate has an interesting conversation with Jesus about the kingdom, and about whether Jesus is the King the Jews say He claimed to be.  As usual, Jesus does not give a straightforward answer, but let’s Pilate know that even if He told him the truth, he would not believe it.  Then Pilate asks the question that transcends time.  “What is truth?”.  He finds no fault in Jesus and sends Him back to Herod.

Today, we are so inundated with information that it’s impossible to know what is truth and what is not.  The media is continually blamed for fake news on both sides, and we don’t know which sources to turn to to find out the real story.  But there is one truth we can depend on.  That is the Bible, and the words of Jesus.  These words will never cease to be true.  They are a standard we can depend on in good times and bad.  These words will always remain a standard that is far above anything this earth can boast of.  It is a weapon against the enemy of our souls.  It is a two edged sword that will search our souls and bring us to a closer relationship with God.  It is a lamp to guide our feet through life.

Truth may be hard to find in this world, but the word of God is never hard to find.  II pray that you read this truth regularly, and that you place your trust in it.


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