There are three questions that circle our minds everyday whether we realize it or not. What is truth? Which way should I go? What is the meaning of life? We are faced with decisions all the time. It would be merely impossible to count just one day’s worth of decisions we face and make. I guess from a worldly perspective, one man’s truth can be another man’s lie. So how does one get to the truth? A governor named Pilate once asked Jesus, “Are you a king?”
Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. Shortly after Pilate had this conversation with Jesus, Pilate released a harden criminal named Barabas instead of Jesus, in following with a Jewish custom that allowed the Jewish people to request a prisoner to be set free during Passover. If Pilate truly wanted the truth he would had recognized who Jesus was. Jesus answered Pilate’s question in verse 37 before he even asked it. “I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”
CONSIDER THE FACTS IF YOU WON’T ACCEPT THE TRUTH
Consider the facts if you won’t accept the truth. This is what Jesus was telling the governor of Rome when he answered Pilate’s question with another question, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” Jesus was not avoiding the question, he was giving Pilate an opportunity to consider what he did and was going to do. Oh! If mankind would only think of what Jesus would do instead of reacting to and being influenced by the popular opinions of others.
Pilate was more concerned about establishing a good reputation for himself with the people. Not having a changed heart that would develop inward character, transforming him from the inside out, opposed to an outward reputation. Take a moment and ask yourself, where am I? Jesus was revealing to Pilate, then and to us now, that the kingdom of God is within not without … nor does it involve worldly reputations. When Pilate asked Jesus what is truth, he was exposing his heart. Pilate was more interested in this world’s kingdoms instead of God’s. Pilate’s reputation was at stake. What he would decreed was the truth as far as he was concerned. What would he look like to the people it he agreed with Jesus? If he agreed with the truth, he would be admitting that Jesus was the true king and had spoke the truth about himself. This was a price Pilate was unwilling to pay. But, Jesus was willing to pay for the truth with his very life. He was willing to become that living sacrifice for the forgiveness of all our sin. So whosoever believes in Jesus would not parish but have life more abundantly and life eternal.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ADVANCING THROUGH TRUTH
How the kingdom of God advances is not by force. God’s kingdom is advancing through truth despite violent men try to take the kingdom by force. Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. Even today the Kingdom of God is being assaulted and attacked because people are not willing to accept the truth. Not only are they not willing to accept it, but they are constantly fighting against it. But if we want to advance the Kingdom of God, we need to be a light to the world carrying the banner of truth.
If we don’t know God’s truths how can we know which way to go? How can we know what life is all about? Why should and how should we live? I encourage all of us to spend time in God’s word everyday so that we can know the truth. Next time we’ll take a closer look at the other two questions: Which way should I go and what’s really the meaning of life?