The Journey to the Cross
Bryan Craig

Day Four
Scripture:  Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“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. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.
Thought:  Jesus, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, stands before this mere man with assumed authority, and humbly allows Himself to be condemned to death.  Pilate was like all lost people.  He did not recognize the power and sovereignty of Jesus, nor did he understand Truth.  Jesus is the Truth.
Jesus’ humility and the restraint He puts on His power is so gripping.  We want to intervene, much like Peter did in striking the soldier’s ear with a sword.  We want to defend Jesus before Pilate.  But the truth is- our King is from another kingdom.  We, too, as His subjects, belong to another kingdom.  People of this earth who don’t know Christ will not understand this foreign kingdom.  They must find Jesus in order to find the truth.
Application:  How often do we feel misunderstood by people in this world?
We must listen to Jesus’ truth by being in His Word and following His Word.  We are to be humble, obedient witnesses, even when people do not understand us.  When people encounter Christ in us, it should challenge their own convictions and beliefs.  It should make them evaluate their standard of truth.
Are we testifying to the truth of Jesus Christ?  Are we on His side of the truth?  These are questions worth pondering in our journals.
Response:  Let’s write down the truth of who Christ is to us.  Let’s write a prayer of homage to our King.  Let us take time to be still and meditate on Who He is!