Today's reading: John 18-19
Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him." John 18: 38 NRSV
What is truth?
Well, if Pilate had been following Jesus and listening to him or if you and I have been paying attention throughout the Gospel of John, we would all know that Jesus is the truth.
In fact, Jesus keeps beginning each of his statements with "very truly." He is all about truth and testifying to the truth.
But neither Pilate nor the Jewish religious leadership hear the truth.
I suppose a politician like Pilate is so used to lying and scheming to get ahead that truth has long been buried. And he is probably surrounded by people who are the same. There is no truth in their lives.
So, because he cannot see the truth, he tries to get out of all responsibility for this Jesus by saying he cannot make a case against him.
But the truth is that Pilate is simply a tool for the world to take care of Jesus' in its own way. They don't call Satan the father of lies for nothing.
God, we are saddened when others don't see or hear the truth. Open our ears and eyes so that we see your truth even when others don't. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims