Jesus speaks to Pilate. He begins to answer Pilate’s question on what He has done, as owner of a kingdom, (an other – world kingdom.) This answer falls on the Roman ears in a startling manner. Romans believe in many gods, in many spiritual realms and Pilate may understand that before him now stands “a god” from the realm beyond his understanding. Clearly to Pilate, Authority has spoken to his own authority. Ah ha! So He IS a king! Pilate so concludes to Jesus confirmation. That must delight Pilate at first to think he is beginning to get the picture. I imagine it unfolded further in his mind as he puts it together .
a born king
an other world king
a truth king
Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate hears a challenge? What does Pilate think he is hearing, comprehending and needing to do- a man of authority in one world is confronted by a king born here, into the world where Pilate is set up to judge him, yet belonging to another world.
Who is really in charge?
If ever one must stand before human authority, will we stand under and through the Holy Spirit? I read of a woman who was from Iran, a believer who was afraid that she might be arrested and she knew she could not withstand questioning and might give away the names of those she led in her small secret house church. She prayed she would not be arrested. But she was. And she was terrified. But when they took her for questioning the Peace of God came upon her and she found herself witnessing truth, love and compassion. This happened each time she was taken from solitary for questioning. Fear in between, peace under trial. In the end, she was released, and her questioner came to Christ along with his family. This encourages me. I can trust that under trials, which may come, my God, Jesus, His Holy Spirit, will fill me with His peace, and give me all words to speak.
Just as Jesus spoke truth to authority then, He continues to speak truth through believers. Will I trust Him for my own needs today? Who is really in charge?