“What is truth?” John 18:38
Have you ever met people who have minds like concrete, thoroughly mixed and permanently set? They have their minds made up and do not wish to be confused by the facts. I suppose we all have come across someone like this during our journey through life. The man who spoke the words in our text happened to be confronted by a crowd who tried to trade truth for expediency.
Pilate had been interrupted during the night by a demand for troops to arrest a dangerous criminal (John 18:3). He and his wife likely discussed the situation after Pilate dispatched some soldiers to capture the man in question as later in the night she sent a message to her husband to release Jesus (Matthew 27:19).
Pilate seemed to be in no mood to humour Jesus’ accusers and 5 times pronounced Jesus not guilty of crimes worthy of death and sought to release Him. Sadly the crowd would not listen to the testimony of Pilate nor did they listen to King Herod who also examined Jesus (Luke 23:6-15) and who also found no cause for Him to die.
In so many situations today the truth just gets in the way of the will of people. They do not wish to listen to the truth, they just want their own way regardless of what is right or wrong. Some parents grieve over wayward children who will not listen to the voice of experience.
Certain marriage partners desire to correct a marital difficulty only to be rebuffed by their spouse who will not listen to truth. A neighbour will not accept your request to tone down the noisy parties he has in his back yard. On the list goes of unreasonable people we meet in life who disturb our peace and will not talk about it.
The situation Jesus was in was a battle for His life. Pilate and King Herod both desired the release of Jesus from the angry mob but their efforts fell on deaf ears. All the reasoning in the world could not prevail. Truth did not matter to them.
Why did Jesus not end the abuse and get out from under the assault on His character and the threat to His life? The reason was for the sake of people like you and me. Jesus was appointed to die for the sins of His people and so the charade had to go on. There was not one legitimate reason for Him to be accused, hence false charges had to be put forward.
It says in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (NIV)
Jesus endured such opposition in order to provide the way for us to come back to God in repentance and faith. He did indeed suffer greatly. The fact is that He suffered even more by being forsaken by the Father than He suffered at the hands of sinners.
Do you believe that He suffered and died for you? Have you sought His forgiveness? It is a true statement that Jesus died for sinners.
Ultimately truth really does matter and shall prevail in the end. Be certain that you are on the side of truth and the truth that is found in Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. Only through Him can we come to the Father.