“Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’” – John 18:37
Jesus explained that since His kingdom was not of this world, His followers would not be using worldly weapons to advance it. Pilate, having heard what he wanted to hear, was satisfied that his job was secure, and walked away muttering what he thought was an inconsequential question: “What is truth?”
But it was not an inconsequential question at all. If Pilate had really heard what Jesus was saying, he would not have brushed it off so flippantly. The good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is very dangerous to any political establishment. It puts elites like Governor Pilate in jeopardy of losing everything.
Like all of us, Pilate would have done well to seek to understand the truth. The truth is what makes us free. We are sanctified in the truth. Jesus’ words are sharper than any two-edged sword; in modern terms they are far more earth-shattering than any nuclear weapon. Truth penetrates deeply into our hearts and minds. Where His words are proclaimed, His Kingdom grows, and as His kingdom grows, principalities and powers crumble and fall.
Senior Pastor, Scott Lake Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Jon Knapp M.Div. Th.M. graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 1995. He loves people and preaches relevant and original sermons straight from the Bible every week.