In the Gospel of John, Jesus emphasizes his own divine nature, and the book features a number of his "I Am" statements. Join with us as we venture through one section of this glorious gospel.
Read John 18:33-40
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
"Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"
"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"
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."
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
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."
"What is truth?" retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"
They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
Pilate's most quoted sentence is the seemingly philosophical question he poses to Jesus here: "What is truth?" But he doesn't give Jesus the opportunity to respond. Given the rest of this passage and all that you know about Jesus, how do you think he might have answered this question?
Jesus, thank you that you were born and came into the world to testify to the truth. Help us more and more to see you as the truth, as the way, and as the life that we so much need and often desire. Plant your truth—yourself—deeply in our hearts, and in the process, transform our lives to be more like yours. Amen.