Sunday, September 19, 2021
36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of King, not the world’s kind of King.”
37 Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?”
Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”
38-39 Pilate said, “What is truth?”
Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, “I find nothing wrong in this man. It’s your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the ‘King of the Jews’?”
40 They shouted back, “Not this one, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.
-John 18:36-40 The Message
Verse 36: Jesus answered, “my kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
Verse 37: Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this, I have been born, and I have come into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.
Verses 36-37 studies: Pilate asked Jesus a straight question, he got a straight answer. Jesus is a king, but not of this world. There is no doubt that Pilate knew Jesus spoke the truth and was innocent of any crime. But ended up rejecting the truth although he recognized it. That’s the tragedy when you don’t want to see the truth and not recognize it as well.
Pilate Hands Jesus Over to Be Crucified
Verse 38: Pilate said to Him, “What is the truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.
Verse 38 study: Pilate was skeptical; he believed all truth was relative. For government officials, truth is either based on what people agreed with or helped advance their own personal power and political goals. When there is no basis for truth, there is no moral basis for right and wrong. Justice becomes what works or helps people of power. Jesus’ word, we will have the standard for truth and for moral behavior.
Verse 39: But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?”
Verse 40: So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.
Verse 40 study: Barabbas was a rebel against Rome, and he did commit murder, but probably was a hero amongst the Jews. The Jews hated being governed by Rome and paying taxes to the despised government. Barabbas was released even though he led a rebellion and failed. Jesus was not released, and he is telling the truth. Also, Jesus is the only person who could help Israel.
Father, cynical is a word that describes a lot of people based on you. I pray we can turn those suspicious people to the truth about you. Let us lead the way to do that. In Jesus’ name. Amen!