In our times of confusion the question Pilate asked Jesus in John 18 is so fitting. We are living in a time that ‘truth’ seems to depend on who shouts the loudest and who controls which media channel one watches. Depending on the issue, it seems that truth is not as important as opinion. Who do we look to in midst of all this confusion?
When Pilate questioned Jesus, he first asked
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied with a question
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
Pilate wanting nothing to do with the situation responded.
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
Jesus replied in his typical way of not answering the question he is asked but rather revealing the truth he knows.
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.”
Pilate thinking he was getting somewhere made the statement
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus switches the subject again to reveal more about himself
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.”
Pilate’s reaction is what we all feel during our time
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
Standing in front of Pilate was Jesus the creator of the universe, the eternal Son of God. Standing in front of Pilate was Jesus who said in John 14
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
There are issues in our time that we may never know the full truth about in this life, but there is someone we can look to in the midst of confusion who is the truth-Jesus.
Jesus never changes in his character as we read in Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus who suffered under Pilate did so willingly because of his love for us. Jesus chose to suffer and die for us. He could have stopped it but didn’t. That is how much Jesus values and loves us. In the midst of confusion, start by looking to Jesus. He loves us. He never lies. He always guides us. We can trust him.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.