An Inquiring Heart

The night of Jesus’ arrest undoubtedly presented a profound challenge for many, compelling them to reflect on their beliefs and convictions about who Jesus was. Among those faced with such introspection was Pilate, as Jesus stood before him in the Praetorium.

Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”  Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” John 18:33-36

The question, “Are you the King of the Jews?” can be asked with varied tones for different reasons. The Magi journeyed from afar in search of the King hungry and thirsty for the truth. Nicodemus, too, came under the cover of night, driven by a desire to understand this teacher better. He refused to rely solely on hearsay, longing instead to grasp the truth firsthand.

Conversely, Pilate’s inquiry into Jesus’ identity was devoid of spiritual hunger; it was merely a political maneuver to appease the Jewish leaders. His ambition overshadowed any genuine interest in the truth. Jesus seized the moment, posing the pivotal question to Pilate: “Are you speaking for yourself…?” This was an opportunity for Pilate to pause, reflect, and scrutinize his beliefs. Sadly, he let it slip away, merely echoing the sentiments of others.

In our own lives, do we speak about Jesus from our own convictions, or do we simply echo the beliefs of those around us? It’s easy to fall into the trap of parroting what we’ve heard without genuinely examining our own convictions. Some find themselves part of a system that demands conformity, where expected answers override personal belief. We may even impose this expectation on those around us, inadvertently stifling their genuine exploration of truth.

Genuine conviction stems from personal understanding and belief, not mere repetition. Let us encourage not blind conformity but thoughtful examination and personal conviction in our faith journeys.

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness 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 fault in Him at all. John 18:36-37

Finally, Pilate asks Jesus, “What is truth?” That question lies at the heart of the matter. We live in an age where many people question the existence of universal truth, viewing it as merely subjective and relative. What does truth mean to you? Is your opinion or personal truth more important than what the Bible says? Do you attempt to mold the Bible to fit your own beliefs? Do you believe that Jesus is the embodiment of truth? And if so, how does this belief shape the way you live your life? Have you had the courage to ask others if you are living the truth your are proclaiming?

Have you learned your understanding of truth from others, or do you have your own personal experiences that have shaped your perception of truth?

Ultimately, is Jesus the King of your life? Reflecting on these questions can lead to deeper insights into your faith and how it influences your worldview and actions.

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