November 25, 2018

Reading John 18: 33-37 (NRSV)

When Jesus was arrested, Pilate, the Roman Governor, questions him: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answers that Pilate should decide for himself rather than letting others tell him what to think.

Perhaps we, too, need to decide for ourselves.

But how can we decide when we don’t know the facts? Some of what we hear is false, some is so exaggerated we don’t know substance from hyperbole. Sometimes we hear true facts but without the context, and the meaning gets distorted.

We need something firm and lasting on which to base a decision.

That’s what Jesus gives Pilate: “For this I was born…to testify to the truth.”

Truth! Jesus witnesses to the truth!

What is this truth?

The world we see is not all there is. Jesus shows us a kingdom beyond this world; another way of thinking and acting, suitable for God’s realm. Jesus shows us the great love of our Creator God. Even at high stress times, such as the trial before his execution, Jesus testifies to the truth about God’s ways.

“For this I was born….”

Jesus shows us the truth. Perhaps this truth will help us decide for ourselves what choices to make next.

Let us pray. O, God, thank you for giving us Jesus to show us your truth. Help us to make decisions based on the example of Jesus. May we think and act as if your kingdom were truly here on earth. Amen.

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