33 Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. 34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” 37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” 40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)
Pilate has a lot of concerns because of the uproar in the streets, but he has no idea that he’s going to be a part of a historic trial. In front of him is clear that this is just a human man who isn’t even powerful enough to challenge his Roman rule over their people and land. He claims full authority over Jesus. But his conversation with Jesus leads him to question everything. It is one of the most fundamental questions of all time: “What is truth?”
On this Good Friday, when you consider all of the things you can see with your eyes, touch with your hands, and understand with your worldview; reconsider how real any of it actually is in comparison the promises of God.
We know all about riots in the streets, but are we listening to the still small voice of God?
We know all about authorities that are over us, but are we aware of sovereignty of the Kingdom of God?
We know all about the pressures of making big decisions, but do we know how easy it was for God to chose us?
We know all about the people are chosen over us, but do we choose Jesus daily?
The truth is that I am Barabbas. I am an enemy of God, and the world chooses me as their own. But God, you have chosen to surrender to the cross that belongs to me so that I can be with you. Teach me how to choose you, Jesus.
Kx. Ntshiab Suav
Senior Pastor of FHAC.