SERMON SERIES:

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: THE TRUE KING

07/25/2021



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We finish our series this week, Truth or Consequences, with the sermon The True King.  We turn to a scene in the Gospel of John where the Jewish officials take Jesus to be tried before Pilate.  This sequence is filled with Pilate’s aggravation with the Jewish leaders and even with Jesus.  At one point, Pilate will ask the immortal question that echoes through all human existence, “What is truth?”  This is still the question we ask today.  Even though our world is filled with information, we still wonder what is truth and how will we recognize it.  Jesus’ encounter with the Jewish leader and Pilate helps us to recognize Jesus as the King of Truth and this is the truth that can share with us strength for living.  May you sense this power of the King as you read John 18:28-40: Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” 30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die. 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising. (NIV)