“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
We’ve been studying John’s gospel in our Ladies’ Bible Study Fellowship group this year. I have to admit that I always find it a challenge to read the chapters surrounding Jesus’s arrest, trial and death. I find it unsettling if I’m honest. I don’t want to think about the sadness, the pain, the injustice and the agony involved. I’d much rather be reading about Jesus’s parables and gleaning words of wisdom to help me in my daily, slightly mundane but hopeful life. I want to focus on beauty, not pain; happiness, not sorrow; hope, not injustice. But, I really can’t avoid reading the difficult passages when I’ve committed to a Bible study group, and of course, I know that God has a lot He can teach me through these passages too.
This week the above verses particularly jumped out at me. Jesus was all about truth! Like Pilate, our world today is confused about what truth is, and whether it’s really necessary to search for it in the first place. ‘If that works for you, then that’s great’, people think, holding up ‘tolerance’ as the greatest virtue. But Jesus says that there is such a thing as truth. More than that, those who want to know what truth really is, who want to be ‘on the side of truth’ are the ones who listen to what Jesus has to say.
I pray, dear reader, that we will be those who are always on the side of truth. Let’s listen intently to Jesus, and not be afraid to stand up for the truth He came to testify about.