This was the question posed by Pilate, as Jesus stood before him, shortly before his brutal scourging and crucifixion. A consummate politician, truth stood before him in Christ, but he was unable or unwilling to accept the truth. He then cast a political declaration, as if by doing so, he would not be held accountable for what was surely coming.
“I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Not I, he declared, before then appeasing the mob and their customs. “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?” Not only did he seek to appease the mob of religious zealots, but he did so in a mocking manner, calling Jesus, the king of the Jews which he knew would only anger them more.
Before it was all over, the mob demanded the release of the notorious criminal Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus.
So much for the truth.
The truth was crucified in Christ’s day and it is crucified today in wickedness and political expediency.
Our social and political landscape today is the mob of Christ’s day. They demand the release of criminals and the execution of truth. It is sickening to see the path that the world is on, but it is a path that mankind has always taken.
The world rejects the truth in Jesus Christ.
The world instead replaces Jesus with its own version of the truth.
But don’t believe it. Don’t be tempted by it. Don’t be swayed by it.
The truth of the world leads to a path of destruction, both temporary and eternally.
Jesus is the way the truth and the life.