John Lesson 24 Day 3

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John Lesson 24 Day 3

John 18:33-38

“Pilate went back inside his palace and summoned Jesus.” TPT

7. a. Are you the King of the Jews?

John’s account combines the two times Jesus appeared before Pilate. In between these two times, Jesus appeared before Herod Antipas (Luke 23:8-12).

“Pilate hoped to give this problem to Herod because he ruled over Galilee, where Jesus was from. Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate, and this is the likely start of the second appearance.” (source)

Jesus answered Pilate by asking a question of his own, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”

b. Jesus’ answer

Jesus did not look like a dangerous “revolutionary or a criminal. ‘Speaking of the anarchy in Judea which followed Herod’s death in 4 BC, Josephus says: ‘Any one might make himself king by putting himself at the head of a band of rebels whom he fell in with.’” (Bruce)

If Pilate asked the question because he wanted to know, the question was, “Are you a political King, conspiring against Caesar?” Jesus’ answer would be “no.”

But if Pilate asked because of Caiaphas’ prompting, his question meant, “Are you the Messianic King of Israel?” The answer to the second question, “Yes.” (Pilcher, cited in Morris)

8. Pilate asked, “What have you done?”

Pilate was not interested in the Jewish religion or culture. He wanted to know why the religious leaders wanted this man executed.

Jesus could have given Pilate a long list in answer to that question—

  • Powerful teacher who amazed (or enraged) his listeners
  • Knew people’s thoughts and actions
  • Miracle worker who healed the sick and raised the dead
  • Walked on water
  • Calmed a storm
  • Multiplied food to feed thousands of people cast out demons
  • Never sinned

9. a. Jesus explains his kingdom

John 18:36-37 (TPT)

  • Jesus boldly told Pilate that he was a king and told him about his kingdom that was not of this world.
  • “The royal power of my kingdom realm doesn’t come from this world.”
  • “If it did, then my followers would be fighting to the end to defend me from the Jewish leaders.”
  • “My kingdom realm authority is not from this realm.”
  • “I was born a king.”
  • “I came into this world to prove what truth really is.”
  • “Everyone who loves the truth, will receive my words.”

“The obvious inference from his words would be that he came in to the world from another realm, that whoever did not listen to him would not be characterized by truth, and that if Pilate really wanted to know what truth was, he would give Jesus his earnest attention.” (Tenney)

b. Pilate’s response

Pilate looks at Jesus and asks a cynical question—”What is truth?” He did not expect an answer.

His “question showed that he thought Jesus’ claim to be a King of Truth was foolish.” (Guzik)

He heard all he needed to hear. Pilate was satisfied that it was safe to release Jesus, that he did not pose a threat in his jurisdiction.

Pilate went out and spoke to the religious leaders saying, “I find no fault in him at all.” He spoke the truth when he made that statement.

He knew Jesus was innocent of their charges and offered to release someone at Passover as was their custom.

c. Today many listen to their own voice and create their own version of truth.

The saying “find your truth” has become popular. In fact, a quick search found a number of books with similar titles and tag lines.

Today your truth can be the most outlandish things imaginable.

So the word truth has come to mean whatever you want it to mean—My truth is as good as yours.

They deny the one who said: “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” John 18:37 ESV (emphasis added)


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