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Summary: Pilate’s question to Jesus is our question as well: What is truth?

“The Politics of Truth”, Based on: John 18:28-38 (quickview) a

11/23/03 (9:30 & 11:00)

Undercurrents…today…Unseen, but very real…beneath surface…

Today: Surface…Heritage Sunday/Spec Off…Under: first live web cast to 55 mil Am & Buckeyes

Text: Surface…Jesus arrested; on trial before priests; handed over to ruling gov’t=Romans & Pilate

Undercurrent: Pilate up to his neck in politics; big troubles with people rioting; innocent man

Pilate has to deal w/ Jesus…as do we…

John 18:28-37 (quickview) a is just a sliver of one of the greatest trial stories ever recorded…

Read Text & Pray…

Jackie Kennedy…

11/22/63… Dallas, TX…No doubt this week you’ve been reminded of the day John F. Kennedy was shot…

We are now 40 years from that day…4 more years than I’ve been alive…

A lot has been said of those moments when the motorcade turned left off Houston Street onto Elm where…

…chaos…cued by bullets that took flight…triggered by evil that took life…

Of those images and details you recall…I’m wondering if you remember…

Jacqueline Kennedy’s words…

When she threw herself over her husband’s bleeding body?

She said: “Oh God no! They have shot my husband.” (PAUSE) Who were “THEY”?

Jackie Kennedy lived in a world of indistinguishable, but very real, hostile forces…

that would harm or kill her husband…this was true…she didn’t make that up…but who were “THEY”

THEY had no names…where did THEY come from…where did THEY live…

why did THEY shoot her husband… Who were “THEY”?

40 years later, many still wonder what the TRUTH is behind that question… Pilate’s question: What is ?

And it has been since that dreadful day, 40 years ago, that TRUTH has become ever-more elusive…

as we live in a world of “THEY”…

A lot of people live in a world of “THEY…” Have you heard of this place? It sounds like this: “They say

· …Lee Harvey Oswald had nothing to do with it…what they say! Who? THEY!

· …in 20 years we’ll have no ozone left…have to live indoors…what they tell me!

· …John Malvo was brainwashed when he shot those people in D.C…what they say!

Have you heard of this world of “THEY”? Do you know anyone who lives in a world of “THEY”?

That world void accountability…where there’s no blame/no credit…no responsibility…

No TRUTH to be found…that becomes even more frightening as it gets closer to home…

· “They say……terrorists are on the move again…gonna attack Battelle…that’s what they say…

· …going to shut down our elementary school…that’s what they say…

· …they’re going to tear down South Campus build a mall…REALLY? Member? What about we?

Sometimes, the world of “THEY” is downright ridiculous… “They say…”

· …Gov’t is going to give tax credit for church attendance…that’s what they say…

· …for $125K, they can freeze your body, and bring you back when technology catches up…

· …Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be Gov of CA…that’s right…HE IS!

In a world of “THEY”, TRUTH is difficult to find…

Pilate lived in a world of “THEY”…no wonder his last words were: WHAT IS TRUTH?

THEY took Jesus to high priest…then…THEY handed him over to Pilate who asked, “What’s he done?”

THEY said he was a criminal…” “Are you, King of the Jews? That’s what THEY say.”


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