easter reflection: Sentenced

If you haven’t already, read the story Sentenced.

What is truth?

How one lives and dies, what and who one values, and what one believes is dependent upon how one answers this question.

Roland Warren

It is such a simple question: the answer to which ones understanding of everything hangs on.

There has been considerable debate over the centuries as to exactly what Pilate meant when he asked this very question. Some have suggested that it is a scoffing remark – in that Pilate is struck by the irony and pathetic nature of the situation he is faced with. Before him stands an obviously innocent man, and yet the ones bringing the accusations against him are convinced that he must die for what he has claimed.

On the other hand, it could be that Pilate is waxing philosophical as he contemplates the paradox that this current situation presents. This Jesus claims to be telling the truth. The Jewish leaders claim to be telling the truth. Everyone is claiming to know what the truth is – and yet Pilate is conflicted on what course of action to take.

So what did Pilate do? It would seem that in the end, he went along with the idea that truth is relative. For him it was “truth” that Jesus was innocent, but for the Jews it was “truth” that Jesus was guilty. So Pilate – in all “fairness” – washed his hands and let the Jews follow their truth.

So what is the truth in this story?

We have heard loud and clear what the Jewish leaders think the truth about Jesus is: but Jesus had already answered the question, “What is truth?” before Pilate even asked it.

“So you are a king then.” Pilate asked.
Jesus continued, “You say that I am a king. It’s true. I was born for this and I have come into this world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

In other words: When you listen to Jesus, you hear the truth. He is the voice of truth.

So my simple question for you, as you reflect on this story: is what do believe the truth about Jesus is?

And perhaps more importantly, how will you respond to his claim:

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

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