Pontius Pilate played a pivotal role in the crucifixion of Jesus, even though he had no reason to declare him guilty. The evidence brought against this criminal had nothing to do with Roman law. The only possible reason Pilate could have used against Jesus, was any treachery directed against his boss, the Roman emperor
I wonder if Pontius Pilate had any idea what Jesus was saying when he heard the accused firmly state that he indeed was a king. As Jesus declared His defense in the matter by stating that He indeed was a king, but that His kingdom was not of this world Pilate’s ears must’ve perked up.
This tiny bit of evidence would’ve condemned Jesus in the eyes of the state. However, being eager to engage our Lord in some philosophical pander, He asked Jesus, “What is truth?” The Romans were always anxious to show off their ability to reason things out. Jesus responded to the ruler that His purpose was to bring the truth to the world – truth which had been diluted and polluted over the centuries before His birth – truth which the devil had undermined with his many lies.
Pilate’s wife had warned him about killing this innocent man, because of a dream she had, but Pilate needed to placate the crowd. The cries of “Crucify Him,” would not otherwise be silenced.
Satan has been manipulating the truth to fit his own agenda since the beginning of creation. He continues to do so today. We can’t always see the workings of his hand. It’s often sugar coated and presented to us in a beautiful package. He even uses God’s own words to finagle his way into our hearts.
Those blatant untruths have permeated the church today as they did in Jesus’ lifetime. This often happens when the body of believers tries to rewrite scripture to fit their own needs and desires. We must constantly be on guard. God’s Word is the only truth we need for every area of our lives. When we allow the devil to sabotage that truth, we are opening the door for all kinds of deception.
Dear, Lord, you gave your life in defense of your Father’s truth. You continue to make your Words available to us today and we often misuse them. Help us study and re-study your amazing scriptures. Help us see how those words support themselves. Keep us always on track. Allow the truth to permeate our souls and give us the fortification we need in this deceptive world. Help us to fight off the devil and his lies. Amen!