Date: May 25, 1997

Series: Face to Face: How Jesus Talked with Real People

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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What is Truth?
Jesus and Pontius Pilate
John 18-19


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The Trial

Jesus and Pilate (John 18:33-38)
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. "It was your people and your chief priests who 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 Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
"You are a king then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
"What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him."





"From the story we learn that responsibility cannot be transferred. Pilate attempted to transfer it to the priests and then to Herod; but the personal element in his question was supreme, "What shall I do with Jesus?"

G. Campbell Morgan, The Great Physician




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