“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of truth listens to my voice.”
“What is truth?” asked Pilate. John 18:37-38.
Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, just a few hours before his crucifixion on the cross. Pilate, being a typical leader of an occupying army in a far-flung region of an empire, was unsure of Jewish religion, tradition, and Law. He certainly was less than enthusiastic to get involved of this matter concerning the preacher from Nazareth that the Jewish religious leaders were accusing of blasphemy and treason–accusing Jesus of proclaiming himself King of the Jews.
When Pilate asked Jesus of this claim of royalty, Jesus gives one of His most cryptic answers. Christ is not one to ever accept any earthly titles or accolades, because Christ–much like God the Father–does not fit into the “box” in which we as humans want them to operate. Instead, Christ tells Pilate that He had been born and come into the world to preach and proclaim the truth.
Pilate’s response to this statement is haunting in its simplicity, and yet it is the same question so many today are still asking. Many Pilates today, jaded by cynicism and skepticism are looking for fulfillment and meaning and truth and do not seek after the truth–the only truth–offered by Christ.
Pray for those who seek truth, that they might hear the voice of God.