A Passage To Ponder: John 18:28-38

“What is truth?” asked Pilate in his now-famous question to Jesus at His trial.

Commentators, preachers, and philosophers have discussed and debated Pilate’s motive behind the question. Was he sincere? Just jesting? Responding cynically? Barclay suggested “he asked the question wistfully and wearily.” Obviously, we will never know.

But we do know this. The Roman Procurator is faced with the most difficult decision of his life. He’s in the presence of an innocent man. And he knows it.

In these ten verses, Pilate asks six questions trying to find some way to release Jesus. It’s apparent Pilate didn’t understand Jesus, His kingdom, His kingship or the nature of spiritual Truth. Yet, after talking to Jesus, he concludes, “I find no fault in Him at all.”

This is somewhat remarkable because history records that Pilate was a cruel man. Tactless. Stubborn. Censorious. Demanding. Self-justifying. Tyrannical. And disrespectful of religion. Pilate was everything that Jesus wasn’t.

However, Pilate ultimately took the course of least resistance under the pressure of the people. He was afraid of losing favor with the Emperor and being branded a traitor. He was a pragmatist and governed with self-interest. Crucifying Christ was expedient. And, he was self-deceived as he tried to pass the buck and shift blame to the Jews alone.

“What is truth?” You wonder if Pilate ever thought about that conversion and question again. Especially after the resurrection.

Ironically he stood before the One who was the epitome of Truth. Jesus had proclaimed just hours earlier, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn 14:6).

“What is truth?” sarcastically questions our unbelieving world today. Religiously speaking most folks think that truth is difficult to define. Elusive. Relative. And highly individualistic. People say, “Well, that’s my truth.” As if truth is ambiguous and subjective.

The conservative Columnist, Cal Thomas, has often observed that our society “is a falling away from the notion of objective Truth.” In one column he wrote, “our social fabric is coming apart because few will articulate Truth for fear of being branded a bigot.”

This is something gospel preachers have been saying for years. And sadly, we are seeing this more and more among those claiming to be Christians.
Spiritual lives are being shattered, and souls stand in jeopardy because of failure to believe, embrace and stand for Truth.

Of course, the religious division in the world contributes to this problem. If those claiming to love Jesus and believe in the Bible, can’t agree, how can anyone else know what is truth?

The answer lies in moving away from the creeds of men, the doctrines of denominations, and the opinions of popular preachers, and returning to the simplicity of God’s Word. His revealed Truth.

It also demands that we subjugate our own personal feelings. What seems right and reasonable to us may well be wrong in God’s eyes. Too often, however, we’re only looking for what pleases us. C. S. Lewis expressed it this way: “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”

The Bible speaks plainly about sin, salvation, and sanctification. It is our guide to Christian living. To morality and ethics. To experience a personal relationship with God. And to direct us home to heaven.

What is Truth? Jesus forever answered the question in His prayer to the Father prior to his arrest. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jn 17:17).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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2 responses to “A Passage To Ponder: John 18:28-38

  1. Kevin Cleary

    Jesus is the truth. John 17:17 God’s WORD is truth. God’s WORD is JESUS! Every single word that was seen by Him is truth. From having faith to repentance, to confession the Jesus is the Son of Good to being immersed to be saved. Getting away from denominationalism is what needs to be done. “If you have not the spirit of Christ, you are not His.” Thanks, I enjoyed the read.


  2. Kevin and Ken,

    John 17:17 is a powerful verse! God’s WORD is TRUTH. And the Truth is a WOMAN! Jesus Woman says I am the Truth, Veritas, Alethea!. No man, no person comes to the Father except by me.

    Down through the ages, people have argued that a woman was not a full person under the law. It was a woman who approached Jesus the Teacher…saying blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that suckled you. Jesus Israel’s Teacher dismisses the woman’s concerns and says rather “blessed is the one who bears God’s will and does it!” (Luke 11:27)

    Yet, Jesus, speaking with Israel’s Teacher in John 3:5 says…”I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless s/he is born of water and the Spirit.” Without The Spirit, the Breath of LIFE no person or creature or plant on earth is alive. The Wind, the Rûaħ, blows wherever she pleases!…So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).

    So yes Kevin Cleary! You sir have hit the nail on the head. He who has not the Spirit of Christ, is not His (Romans 8:9). S/He is still being controlled by those demanding carnal sacrifices and idolatry.

    PS: John 17:17 reinforces the WOMB of LIFE…if one adds up the numbers 1 through 17 the sum total is 153 the Vesica Piscis, an ancient symbolic fish shaped representation for the Womb of LIFE.


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