“What is truth?” Pilate’s final question before leaving Jesus was a rhetorical one. He didn’t expect a response, i often wonder if he wasn’t asking himself the question out loud. Perhaps if we were reading this as a play it would look something like this:
Pilate: (Exhausted and confused he begins to walk towards the door) <Pauses> “What is truth?” [Audibly to himself]
You can probably relate to that, i know that i have often asked myself questions out loud. The real concern would come if i actually answered myself…well i may have done that too, a time or two. Often when i do pause and ask myself questions it is in a moment of confusion. What should i do…etc.
Pilate leaves Jesus and goes back to the Jewish leaders and says, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Pilate was torn, there was nothing to accuse Jesus of…He was indeed an innocent man. Pilate wrestling with the question, “what is truth?” is a question many wrestle with daily.
Let me leave you with this to ponder, a few chapters earlier in John, before Jesus was on trial with Pilate, He says this;
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know and the way you know.” ‘Thomas said to Him, “‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”‘ Jesus said to him, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-6
You are Loved,