Never had he encountered a man like this.
Although He was a prisoner, Jesus was in charge. Leaders and people had lost it, screaming and yelling like kindergarten kids while He stood calmly observing them. He could have walked free on a few words of self defence, but He refused to respond to their lying accusations. He knew who He was. Pilate was unnerved. “Don’t you realize I have the power either to free you or to crucify you?” he demanded. Lies! Jesus responded with the truth, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”
“Are you the king of the Jews?” A desperate question. On Jesus’ answer depended His fate.
“My kingdom is not of this world…You are right in saying that I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Every one on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” Pilate spat back.
Pilate was not interested in the answer. Without waiting for a reply, he turned on his heel and walked away. Faced with the worst dilemma of his life, his mind reeled. What to do with this Jesus? Mob yelling, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” Inside screaming, “Innocent, innocent.” What was he to do? Yield to the mob and save his skin or yield to the truth and save his life? He chose to save his skin and lose his life.
Every day we face the same dilemma…follow the lies of the world and save our skin or follow the truth and save our lives.
What is the truth? Peter declared, “God had made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36b).
The apostle John wrote in the thick of terrible persecution, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 4).
Are you walking in the truth?
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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