Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. “But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber. John 18:28-40 NIV
It Is What It Is. How many times have we used this phrase to proclaim that whatever it is we are confronted with is the truth? I have used it more times than I can count in times when I have come face-to-face with realities that are not to be denied. No matter how I choose to analyze or perceive what is before me the facts do not change. It Is What It Is.
I imagine that this is how Pilate felt when he was presented with Jesus and after querying him could find no evidence of wrongdoing. Rather what stood before him was the glaring embodiment of The Truth. Not the misconception of power hungry Jewish leaders who wanted to keep appearances on the one hand yet wanting to see Jesus killed on the other. No, what Pilate saw was one who was born to set the record straight and did so with such humility there was no doubt he was who he was. All that was left was the question: What is truth?
Truth is what liberates us by freeing Gods will to move with power…It Is What It Is. Truth separates falsehood by rebuking them and giving wisdom to those who accept it…It Is What It Is. Truth invigorates by allowing the power of the Word to stand alone without further definition. It Is What It Is.
Truth is defined in the person of Christ who remains true for all who believe…..It Is What It Is.
• Truth is not always popular
• Truth liberates
• Truth invigorates truth seekers
• Truth will stand alone on its own strength
• Truth is what it is
Lord God, help us to seek truth and pursue it in every area of our life. Give us strength to be guided by truth as the liberating gift, empowering force and sustaining principal in our lives that identifies to the world who we are and whose we are. Continue to be The Truth we passionately are drawn to for it is only in You that truth can be rightly defined. We believe You are the Way, the Truth and the Life that sets us free! During this Lenten season, let the truth that is You become more real to us than ever before. In Jesus Name, Amen
Rev. Carmen Walker
Pastor, Mt. Zion AME Church-Opelika
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