Friday Morning: 01 Mar 2019 – John 18:19-40 ~ What is truth?

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 18:19-40 (NLT)

The High Priest Questions Jesus

Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”

Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.

Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”

Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?”

“We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.

“Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them.

“Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die.)

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.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

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.”

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.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 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’?”

But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus Embodied the Truth

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6a).

But Pilate couldn’t see it; Truth stared him in the face and he looked away, preferring the philosophical rabbit trail of relativism. So Pilate asks: “What is truth?” (John 18:38).

Why is this important to us? Because Western society has followed Pilate down that same rabbit trail to nowhere.

What is truth? – “Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God.” (John MacArthur) – Jesus, then, is the embodiment of Truth.

In Jesus’ response to Pilate’s question about Kingship, several points stand out –

+ Truth is the foundation of the Kingdom of God. (14:6a)
+ The Kingdom of God is spiritual in nature. (18:36)
+ Kingdom battles are waged in our hearts. (18:36)
+ Jesus embodied Truth in his preaching, teaching and healing. (18:37b)
+ Loving Truth is the litmus test for loving and following Jesus. (18:37b)

Questions for consideration:

  • Is Truth an important value to you? How does your relationship with Jesus affect your understanding of Truth? Please explain.
  • Can you think of an example Truth, that conflicts with the false witness of relativism? How does that affect your life? Please explain.
  • Can you identify an area in your life where the spiritual battle between Truth and falsehood is being waged? Please explain.
  • What action can you take to testify to the Truth, by submitting your life to Christ? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Fill me with your Spirit and lead me into all Truth as taught and lived by Jesus. Overcome the false witnesses of this world that attempt to divert me away from your Kingdom values. And keep me focused on Jesus – the Way, the Truth, and the Life – that I may enter into your Presence, and serve you faithfully as a citizen of your Kingdom. I ask this through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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“The Way” (New Horizon) – Pat Barrett

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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