Summary: how Jesus revealed the truth to Pilate

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The Revelation of the Truth

John 18: 28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” 30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected. 32 This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.

Luke 23: And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”

John 18: 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

There’s one profession that has really come into the limelight within the past few years - the profession of being a judge. It all started gaining popularity with a TV show called the “People’s Court.” There’s another one out now called something like “Texas Justice,” and another one called “Judge Joe Brown” or something like that. I used to really enjoy sitting down and watching Judge Judy over the lunch hour. There is also a network called “Court TV” that televises cases for the nation to see. What is interesting for me was to examine specific cases and try and determine the truth - who is guilty and who is not. Just last night I watched a show on 20/20 about a lady who was accused of conspiring to murder her husband. It was tough to determine whether she did it or not. After watching these professionals at work, I realize now the pressure that a judge and jury would have to try and make the right decision. It seems to be especially difficult given the fact that usually both sides will have completely opposite stories - somebody has to be lying. So you have to try and wade your way through what is truth and what is lie to ascertain that the truth really is.

That’s exactly what the role of Pilate was when Jesus was brought before him to be executed. He had to get both sides of the story - that of the Jews and that of Jesus. As we see this story of our salvation unfold, and hear both sides of the story, we will also see -

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