What Is Truth? | Sadie Robertson Huff
Proverbs 12:5 says this - "The fool is right in his own eye, but a wise man listens to advice." And I don't want us to be a generation of fools thinking that we're right all the time, thinking that we can just do whatever we want whenever we want just because we want to do it, even when it's not even best for our life or best for our world. And then we complain about where we're at, and then we're so confused. And it's all because we really just aren't willing to confront ourselves with the truth.
I want to read you a moment in the Bible whenever the truth was kind of all up in the air and everything was confusing. So Jesus at this point had been arrested. They had already gotten him; he's arrested. And basically, what was happening (and I didn't even know really the background of this as much as I do now) was that the Jewish people were fed up with Jesus.
They're like, "You are not our king. You're saying you're the king of the Jews, but you're not our king because our king wouldn't look like you. He wouldn't be from Bethlehem; he wouldn't have been a carpenter's son. He would be doing way more things, and we'd be taking over. And so, you are not our king. Stop saying that you are a king, stop turning tables over in the temple, stop making people feel weird all the time whenever you go places. Like, you're not our king."
And so they wanted to get rid of him. But in Jewish culture, they couldn't kill him like they wanted him to be dead. So, they thought if they went and told the Roman government, Pilate, that this guy is trying to be king, that they might think he's trying to pose a threat to their empire. And so, they will kill him because, in the Roman culture, they could crucify.
So, they're like, "We can't do what we really want to do with this man. So, let's just flip it and turn it into a little lie and make them think he's so terrible and he's so horrible when he's coming after them that they'll kill him." And so, this is how we get to where we're at.
Pilate is now asking Jesus, "What's going on? Why are you here?" Because he wasn't really supposed to handle a Jewish situation, and here he is as a Roman handling a Jewish situation. So, Pilate entered into his headquarters again; this is John 18:33. We're going to read through 40.
So, Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or do the others say this about me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world."
Then Pilate said, "So are you a king?" He's trying to figure out, like, "Okay, so what's going on here? Why are you here? So are you a king?" And Jesus said, "You say that I'm a king. For this purpose, I was born, and for this purpose, I've come into the world: to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to me." And Pilate said, "What is truth?" You know what Pilate said? He said, "What is truth right now?" Because they're all saying, "You're a criminal. They're all saying you're this evildoer.
They're all saying that you're absolutely crazy, saying you're the son of God, and you're sitting here, and you really don't seem like much of a threat. You're saying that your kingdom's not of this world, and you're saying that you're a witness to the truth and all these different things, but what is true? Because you have two different opinions here.
You have two different things that you're coming at it with." And then Pilate went away. He went outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him." So, Pilate, at this point, kind of established his truth. He's like, "I actually don't think that you're guilty.
Like, I don't think you pose any problem here. I don't think you're a threat. I don't know if he really believed him, you know, if he's the son of God, but he was like, 'You definitely don't need to be crucified.'" But in verse 39, you have a custom that I should release one man over to you at Passover.
So, do you want me to release you the king of the Jews? And I love how he says it; he's like, "So this is obvious, right? We're going to release the king of the Jews because who cares? He's not really posing any threat. In fact, he's actually healing people; he's actually making the blind see; he's actually making the lame walk; he's actually turning lives around.
So why don't you just want this guy to come out? I mean, wouldn't that be the obvious decision here?" But no, they all said, "Not this man, but Barabbas." And Barabbas was a robber. I mean, is that not crazy? Like, when you read this, this is absolutely crazy.
Christine Caine is a speaker, author, and activist who has been serving the local church globally for over 30 years. She and her husband, Nick, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign, which works at the local, domestic, and international level to end modern-day slavery.