John 18:38a “What is truth?”
The power of the written or spoken word is such that it doesn’t have to be true to be believed, as long as it is shared with passion! This phenomenon is evident in the prevalence of fake news on the internet, which is often accepted as truth. It is interesting to note that even false information can shape our attitudes and thinking, leading to confusion and conflict.
Governor Pilate, despite not having access to the internet, had heard conflicting reports about Jesus. This fake news about Jesus had influenced public opinion and led to His wrongful arrest. Just a week before, the crowds were praising Jesus on Palm Sunday, but now they were demanding His crucifixion as He stood before Pilate.
The text suggests that Pilate was trying to resolve the conflicts and public outcry surrounding Jesus’ case. He wanted to distinguish between true and false claims in order to calm the hysteria. To achieve this, Pilate called Jesus into his chambers for questioning.
During their conversation, Pilate asked Jesus about His claim to be a king. Jesus responded by affirming His kingship and explaining that He was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. Pilate then posed that famous question, “What is truth?” This question is worth pondering.
How do we determine what is true? How do we measure truth? Interestingly, Pilate failed to recognize that he was face-to-face with truth personified. Jesus Himself claimed to be the truth.
Jesus further clarified that His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom of truth, in contrast to Rome’s rule by force and threats. Jesus wielded the truth of God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit, instead of physical weapons. His rule was characterized by conviction and love.
Have you ever asked the question, “What is truth?” Are you still searching for truth like Pilate? Truth is not merely a concept or system; it is a person. Jesus Christ declared, “I am the truth.” If you seek truth, you will find it in Jesus.
Take some time to read John 18 for yourself and discover that Jesus is indeed the truth. Allow His truth to illuminate your life and guide your path.