When Pilate asked Jesus the question, “What is truth” in John 18:38, did he know the irony of his question? Pilate is confused. He is being pressured into doing something he does not want to do. He is asking Jesus questions and unlike any other prisoner he has ever had, Jesus is not playing ball with him. Jesus refuses to give him direct answers and instead seems to talk around Pilate. In exasperation Pilate looks at Jesus in the eyes and asks, “What is truth?” Earlier in the Gospel of John Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Pilate is staring truth directly in the face and he does not recognize it.
This is more than a historical question. It is one that we all ask sooner or later. In 2014, truth is debated. Truth can be customized and personalized. Truth has become a concept that is negotiable and made to fit our own needs. Theories have become truths. Absolutes are tossed out like corked wine and those claiming absolute truths are ridiculed. Webster’s says that truth is “the real facts about something, the quality or state of being true.” If we are to believe this, then truth cannot be negotiated. By definition I cannot have my version of truth and you have your version of truth. One or both of us must be wrong; whichever it is, we both cannot be right.
So as I start my journey of blogging on the Scriptures, I start by asking you the same question Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Welcome as we continue to explore this concept further.