Jesus’ truth John 18.28-19.16
Jesus’ truth as expressed at this time was rooted totally in the Sovereignty of God. He knowingly and obediently placed himself in this position. He was not fearful of the secular power over life and death held by the Roman Governor.He was not intimidated by the Jewish leaders. In response to Pilate’s exasperation that Jesus refused to answer him, ‘Jesus replied, “You would have no power over me if it were not given from above. Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of the greater sin.” (John 19:11) He was not cowed by excruciating torture. His truth was centred on knowing God’s character, love, and plan for the salvation of multitudes over the generations. He conveyed God’s truth to the world and does so now through the gospels. That is why we should so highly value the apostolic record found in the gospels. Jesus openly spoke of his kingdom to Pilate. “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.” (John 18.36)
Jesus came to be the truth, to speak the truth and to gather those who are seeking the truth. When Jesus is speaking of truth he is referring to the truth about God, and God’s plan to restore his relationship with humankind. This he achieved without compromising his holiness, justice or love. “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.” (John 18:37)
When experiencing the most testing times are you able to trust in the Sovereignty of God?
How does knowing Jesus experienced such unjust suffering help you in your own suffering?
Are you able to trust in the character of God the Father?