Pilate, therefore, said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause, I was born, and for this cause, I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37
God created us with a soul that has a deep longing for truth. Even though Pilate answered Jesus’ question with, “Am I a Jew?” he desired to know the truth [if only for a moment], which prompted His question to Jesus: “What is Truth?” John 18:38. Faced with the angry distractions of the rebellious crowd, Pilate’s desire for knowledge of the truth quickly disappeared, as evidenced by not waiting for Jesus to answer the question.
What could he do? Deep in his heart, Pilate knew that Jesus was not guilty of their false accusations. “So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” Luke 23:4. “But they were the more fierce saying, He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.” Luke 23:5.
And then, he realized there was a way out of the dilemma:
When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean. And learning that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself was in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased. He had wanted to see Him for a long time because he had heard about Him and was hoping to see Him perform a miracle.… Luke 23:6-8
Yes, cowardly Pilate sent Jesus to Herod, who demanded manifestation of divine power. “Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.” Luke 23:9. We know how the story progresses. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son and Lamb of God, suffered, was crucified, and died on Calvary’s cross. Yet, Jesus’ commitment to offering redemption for humanity went forward. He arose!
Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven could not be stopped. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:8. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is still serving humanity as our heavenly Intercessor and will continue until His Second Coming. Amen.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive… John 14:16-17
Yes, the Trinity has effectively provided the way for every man, woman, and child to hear, respond, and accept the Good News that Jesus is our Savior.
The Holy Spirit prompts our minds to receive God’s truth when we hear the truth. There are only two possible reactions: Complete acceptance or total rejection. With doubt, many feel that they can select bits and pieces of the truth when reading the Scriptures. What human mind is capable of analyzing the God-breathed scriptures? Although these concepts are practiced by many who claim they are believers, it’s all or nothing, “There is no middle ground!”
Have you been asked to prove there is a God? Sadly, modern Pilates and Herods confront believers and demand that we show evidence that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit exist. Jesus has provided us with the answer, “–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17. It is not our responsibility to verify the truth. “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” 2 Timothy 2:23
Continue to witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior! With joy and peace, we embrace that Jesus is the Truth! And in our faithful obedience, we pray, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Forever. Amen! © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20