“What is Truth?”
“‘… For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:37-38. In the position he was in to administer life or death, Pilate must have heard a lot of lies. The answer to “Are you innocent?” was never the truth from people literally trying to save their own skins. Some were crazy and believed themselves to be something that they were not. But Jesus … He was different. A king, you say? And neither lying nor crazy. If anyone could tell it would be Pilate. Even his wife had called him righteous and suffered in a dream about him. He certainly didn’t look, act, or have the credentials of a king, but his soldiers could see to that. Then, breaking into Pilate’s morally relevant understanding of the world, this king, for a king he must be, states that what is happening to him is the very purpose that he was born and come into the world. Die to enter his kingdom? Who’d die for a lie? What kind of kingdom is this? Not of this world, he said? Heaven, then? His subjects? Not the Jews as they handed him over. Will they die for truth as well? Will you?