I would like to ask you a question today. What is truth?

This is the question Pilate asked Jesus before He was taken to be crucified.

Most commentators state that Pilate asked this question in jest, but it’s still a profound question.

It comes after Jesus answers Pilate’s claim of His Kingship in John 18: 37, but let's start in verse 35.

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.”

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.

So who was it that heard His voice? Those who should have known the law and prophets?

No, those were the ones who chanted for His death.

Was it Pilate, the Roman who repeatedly tried to save Jesus?

No, while he came closer than those, he still gave in and allowed Jesus to die.

Is it us? It should be.

Back to the original question,

What is truth? Prior to entering Jerusalem, Jesus told His apostles what was waiting for Him

The truth is He allowed all of these to take place. Why? So the scriptures could be fulfilled.

I’ll end with one more truth. This one found in Hebrews 9: 12-14

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

The truth is this supper represents His sacrifice and the awesome gift we were given undeservedly, so as we partake of this, let us always give it the reverence and awe it deserves, and always in remembrance of Him.