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To believe the gospel is to put faith in Him who is himself the Gospel, and faith in Christ is faith in God, writes Reverend Vaka Ngaro of Cook Islands Christian Church.
“… Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest
that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the
world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth
heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, what is truth? And when he had said
this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no
fault at all.” – (John 18:37, 38)
When the Lord Jesus, in explanation of his claim to
kingship, declared himself a Witness to “the truth,” this very question was
raised. It was the turn of Passion Week when Pilate, the Roman Governor raised
this question. Whether Pilate asked the question from mere curiosity, from real
interest, in ridicule, or in cynical unbelief, we cannot confidently say. But
it is a question of great importance which actually reflect the truth of who Christ
The possibility that any one of these motives may have
influenced him suggests the various attitudes of mind with which the truth of
God is regarded by men.
Truth must indeed be sought in a right method and in a
right spirit; so sought, it will not be sought in vain. It evinces a mind alive
to the great purposes and the great possibilities of life. And further, there
is the assurance that the seeker shall be the finder of truth.
To believe the gospel is to put faith in Him who is
himself the Gospel, and faith in Christ is faith in God.
Christ has said “I am the Truth” and who find him, find
revealed in him the mind, the very heart of God. The truth to the Christian is the
favor and the fellowship of the Eternal, the law of life and the satisfaction
of the whole nature. The language was not the utterance of irrepressible homage
to his mysterious prisoner, or heartfelt sympathy with him. For on this
supposition why did he not wait for some more words of strange unearthly
wisdom? But as a man of the world having to do with Roman authority and Jewish
fanaticism, Pilate despised earnestness and zeal, and was utterly unable to
believe in the existence of a world or region where any higher reality than
But the governor was now, strongly convinced that
Jesus was utterly innocent of the charge brought against him. The unanswered
question is equivalent to this, what has truth to do with kingship? He saw
enough of the evidence to induce him to break off the interview within the
Praetorium, and he proceeded, to deliver a verdict on the case.
In the synoptics, (Matthew 27:12-14; Mark 15:3-5; Luke
23. 4-12) and after the admission that he was King of the Jews, the loud, fierce
accusations followed in which our Lord, notwithstanding the repeated summons of
Pilate, “answered nothing.”
It is of great interest to compare this confession
before Pilate with the corresponding confession before the high priest (Matthew
26:64). The one addressed to the Jews is in the language of prophecy, the other
addressed to a Roman appeal to the verdict of universal conscience. The one
speaks of a future manifestation of glory, the other of a present manifestation
What is truth? Pilate did not wait for an answer but
turned to the crowd, and told them he find in him no fault at all.
He later on realised that the whole embodiment of
truth was standing there before him. Christ is indeed the Truth.
In this Passion Week and Easter weekend, this is the
truth that we would proclaim and to convince our own people the truth about
Christ. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Be blessed.