Big Hill Bible Studies
28 March 2018
After Jesus' prayers in the garden, He was arrested and proceeded to go through a mockery of a trial before the Priests. During the interrogation, John records Peter's denial of Christ. The focus I would like to bring up today is the time Jesus spent in Pilate's court.
Reading verses 28 through 40 in chapter 18 you'll see that Pilate did his best to avoid having to deal with Jesus. After confronting the mob, he confronts Jesus and the conversation turns to Jesus' identity. Pilate saw Jesus as a threat to Rome and his arrogance blocked him from actually hearing what Jesus was saying. His kingdom is not of the world. I feel certain that Pilate didn't know what Jesus was talking about at that time. The thing I want you to consider is - do you think he ever did? We don't know how Pilate responded to the events after the crucifixion and resurrection. Do you think he realized the truth then?
During their conversation Jesus said, ". . . 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." (v37) Note how Pilate responds to Jesus' statement in verse 38. Pilate replies to Christ by saying, ". . what is truth?" The truth is, the truth is standing right in front of him.
What I want you to consider is how you would respond to Pilate's question. Pilate was a Roman official subject to his superior officer. The political truth could change according to the situation at the time and what was needed. Today we have differing truth as well, while all the while the truth is standing us in the face. Go back to John 14:6 and we see Jesus states, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." In light of the week we are celebrating, what does this statement mean to you? What truth do you realize this Easter?