“So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?” When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, “I find no basis for an accusation against him. But it is your custom that I release one prisoner for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” Then they shouted back, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” (Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. )”
John 18:33-40 NET
• So more than likely, Barnabas was very much like today’s terrorists.
• As it always seemed to be the case, Jesus focus, His heart, seemed to be on eternal things and not on things of this world. “My kingdom is not from this world”.
• What exactly does it mean that Jesus’ kingdom was/is not from this world? Who was/is in Jesus’ kingdom before humans even existed? How many different kinds of celestial beings are there in the heavenly realms?
• We don’t know for sure what Pilate meant when he asked, “What is truth?” He could have been asking incredulously or he may have been asking inquisitively. I tend to think the former makes more sense. Regardless of his motives, It is a deep question! What is truth? Not what is your truth…what is truth?