The TruthMatt DeHarte, March 4, 2018
In John 18:28-40, we see the first part of Jesus' trial before Pilate in John's Passion narrative. This week, Matt talked about how ancient writers would often relate even true and historical events through the medium and genre of a drama/play. In this, we were able to look at the historical figures as characters in the narrative, and when we did, we were able to hone in on three main characters (Pilate, the Jewish leaders/crowd, and Barabbas) who all displayed a deep sense of irony when they failed to recognize Jesus, the embodiment of Truth, as they defended and represented their own versions of truth. In the end, we were challenged to think of the ways we might relate to these characters in our own lives when we allow ourselves to be deceived into the lies the world tells us over and against the Truth of Christ.
28Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. 29Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? 30They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. 31Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 32That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. 33Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? 35Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. 39But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 40Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber. (KJV)
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