“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth... “ -John 18:37
Pilate responded to Jesus and said, “What is truth?”. Poor Pilate. Was Pilate jesting with Jesus, was he sincere or just a skeptic? Pilate a man of some learning and power and yet confused about the most basic and essential wuestion of the ages. Jesus stood before Pilate on trial for His life and Pilate stood before Jesus, the King of Kings, on trial for his soul.
Really, what is truth? What is right? What is wrong? Better yet, is there a right or a wrong? Is every way just as good as the next? Is truth determined by the age and society to which one is born?
Perhaps like many today, Pilate was just confused. Perhaps he had heard so many different answers, he didn’t know what to believe anymore. Perhaps like so many today he had many friends on different sides of major issues and he just didn’t want to offend anyone, so he kind of gave up in his search for truth and convinced himself that a definite truth didn’t exist.
If we honor Jesus in His coming to earth, let us also honor the reason He came. On another occasion, Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32) Again to those that would hear, He said that He spoke the Father’s word and the same word would judge us in the last day. (John 12:48-50)
As Jesus so often said to those who listened to Him, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. Are we listening? Are we willing to put aside the practice of the majority, our own whims and feelings, and even above the voice of family and friends, and creeds of religion, incline our ear in the direction of the one who came into the world to bear witness to the truth?