Written by Marcus Mitchell
Scripture to Read: John 18:33-40
Pilate is trying to wrap his head around this situation. There is an angry mob outside his palace, desiring the execution of Jesus. Pilate is attempting to be fair and starts asking Jesus questions. He is used to there being some semblance of order and fairness. In the questioning, it seems Jesus is trying to engage Pilate. He knows Pilate is trying to deal with the problem at hand, but I believe Jesus cared about Pilate as much as anyone else. He already knows what is ultimately going to happen, but with as little time as he has left on this earth, perhaps he is reaching out to Pilate. He sets out before Pilate in plain speech the purpose of his incarnation in verse 37, ““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 answers, “What is truth?” It is a very good question. He knows the truth of the matter is that Jesus had done nothing wrong, he says as much. However, why didn’t he let Jesus go? As we know, his ultimate answer wasn’t found in the truth. He condemns an innocent man to die for the sake of appeasing the Jews. He ultimately just wants the problem, the angry mob, to go away so that there will be peace in his jurisdiction.
We can fault Pilate for his half-hearted attempt in trying to handle the situation correctly. But how often do we ask, “What is the truth?” Especially in recent days of social media, so many are jumping onto various bandwagons without knowing where the wagon is going. Admittedly, I have been guilty of this myself. I read a story on Facebook or hear about something from a friend and I start to feel my emotion get the best of me without asking, “Is this true?” At least Pilate asked the question. We know who the God of truth is. Let us ask His Spirit to guide us, give us wisdom, patience and discernment as we navigate these muddy waters.