I read an interesting thought the other day that I believe was written by David Jeremiah. He commented about the Inn-Keeper when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem who had no room for them in his home and, as a result, how he had missed out. He had missed out of being present at the birth of the Son of God. He missed out on being in the presence of angels singing praises. He missed out on hearing the first breath of Jesus when he took on the body of a man. Instead, this was something that happened outside of his door because he was too full, too busy, not enough room.
And look at Pilate. Here he has the King of the Jews, the Son of God, in his palace. He has the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with the Messiah, God Incarnate. And what does he ask? He asks only about the things that occupy his current busy life. Are you a king, a ruler, are you one of them, against them, what is the decision I am going to have to make. He is consumed by his world, his position, his role, his job. Even if, as some commentaries say, Pilate thought Jesus may have been a manifestation of a Roman god, he does act like it. Jesus replies that his kingdom is not of this world, but Pilate asks not questions about Jesus’ kingdom in another world/heaven. Jesus says he came into this world to testify to the truth, but instead of asking about this truth Pilate throws out a rhetorical question of “what is truth?”
But what about you and me? Not only do we have the word of God in our home, in the form of the bible, but we also have the spirit of God living in us. Yet, we stay so busy. We talk with God most of the time only about things in this world. We ask for favor and blessing in business deals, in conflict with neighbors, with money, with sickness. We go for days at a time without opening our bibles. We go for weeks looking just like every other busy business worker, parent, neighbor, citizen, with so much to do, added to all the more by “church obligations.”
What if instead of following the footsteps of the inn-keeper or Pilate, we take a little time and follow the example of Mary and just pour out praise and love on Jesus and sit at his feet? What would life like that look like?
Are you the king of the jews? Is that your own idea or did others talk to you about me?
Am I a Jew?
Your own people handed you over…What is it you have done? My kingdom is not of this world
You are a king then (implied question) You say that I am a king, in fact I was born to testify to the truth.
What is truth?
Jesus is not only a King, but He is the Messiah, the King from Heaven. He came into this world to testify to the truth and all His words and actions are true.
He is sovereign and He is true. Truth is real, not relative. Jesus is pure and solid.