My colleague was unloading a very sad story about his company. Once prosperous, his company was now on the receiving end of several lawsuits, alleging fraudulent billing. As he recounted the painful timeline, I began to wonder whether his former partner, Jake, may have played a role in betraying him. This was not a topic I wanted to broach. He considered his partner closer to him than his own brother, yet, he was unwilling to pronounce judgment, but I wasn’t. At one point, I confronted him. “Is there any possibility that Jake may have misled you?”
My colleague frowned at me, dismayed by my query. “Don’t ask questions…you don’t want to know the answer.” I nodded and resigned myself to stop my inquiries. I agreed with his statement. Sometimes, I didn’t have to know the truth; I already had a very firm idea of what it was by the manner which he responded.
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “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.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
John 18:37-38 (ESV)
What is truth?
Pilate mocked Jesus when he asked this question, and why not? How could he seriously believe the claims of this bleeding and tortured Man who stood before him? Yet, there was something compelling and believable about His claims. He attempted to delay his decision on His fate, even sending Jesus to King Herod, hoping he would intervene. Even Pilates’ wife warned him to not have anything to do with Jesus.
Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”
Matthew 27:19 (ESV)
So many clues, so many data points, and so many warnings. Pilate knew the truth but he didn’t want to know the answer. For years, I was no different. I heard the evidence presented about Jesus Christ. I read the Bible explaining God’s redemptive plan for mankind. Most importantly I saw the changed lives of those who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I began to wonder, “Is this real?” I knew the answer but I was unwilling to face or accept the Truth. It was only after God brought me to my knees that I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I finally accepted the Truth and it set me free!
Don’t ask questions unless you are truly seeking the Truth.
Thanks be to the everlasting grace and mercy of the Living God for revealing the path to forgiveness of sins and salvation through faith and belief in Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.