JOHN 18:38: “Pilate said to him, “What is truth?…” (GW)

OBSERVATION: “What is truth?”  What a powerful question! In fact, within this question lies the sum of all things. And it is this question that causes so many to miss the pathway that leads to life. What prompted Pontius Pilate to ask this question? It was what Jesus said to Pilate as he was interrogated by him.

  • “Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus replied, “You’re correct in saying that I’m a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭18:37‬ ‭GW‬‬

Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king. Jesus answered with proclaiming to Pilate the reason He had come into the world – to testify to the truth. And then Jesus said something that challenged Pilate to his very core – “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me.”

It was at this point that Pilate had to make a decision. Would he listen to Jesus, or would he dismiss Him? It all hinged on whether Pilate would embrace the truth. So, avoiding any further confrontation or commitment, Pilate chose the easiest way of escape by asking – “What is truth?”

This is the same escape that so many use today. We are so quick to debate what we think, how we feel, and our personal perception. However, please do not challenge us with the truth! In fact, in our culture today, the enemy has been very successful in promoting relativism (the belief that truth is and morality exist only in relation to culture and our experience, and there are no absolutes). He has been so successful, that even people in the church have embraced this as the norm.

I read many impassioned discussions about religion, views on the church, social issues, and cultural norms. In most of these there is one thing that is always missing – the truth! Gone are the days when we would wrestle with the Biblical text to answer our questions. Now, as in the book of Judges, every man does what is right in his own eyes. And if you try to bring up the Bible, you are met with the question – “What is truth?”

This is not a rant of frustration, or the thoughts of someone who is fully out of touch. This is the impassioned plea of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. We cannot call ourselves His disciples if we are not daily coming to, and abiding in His truth.

  • “As Jesus was saying this, many people believed in him. So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:30-32‬ ‭GW‬‬

So, before we give our opinion, before we weigh in with our judgment, let’s go to the truth. We must always remember, this is why Jesus came – to testify of the truth. He is not only the one who testified and clarified the truth and heart of the Father – Jesus is the truth!

If we do not look to Jesus, if we do not comb the pages of the “Logos”, the Word of God, then we will find ourselves simply echoing Pilate’s remarks…

“What is truth?”

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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