Lenten Devotional – Day 36 – Jesus’ Witness to Pilate
Key Bible Verse: “… (Jesus said) ‘Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.’” – John 18:37b
Bonus Reading: John 18:33-38a
The true significance of Christ’s comments to Pilate is simply lost on Pilate. He has other things on his mind. They are things he thinks are far more important like saving his career. His attention is squarely on himself and what impact this trial will make on his future.
But God does two things to turn Pilate’s attention to the innocent man standing before him. First, Pilate’s wife sends him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of Him today in a dream” (Matthew 27:19). Second, God sends His Son to speak to Pilate directly.
Jesus says, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.” This is a challenge to Pilate: is truth important to him? Obviously, he is taking great risks to set an innocent man free, but does he want to hear the truth Jesus came to bring?
Many times in our lives Jesus’ still, small voice speaks to us through the clamor and clatter of our daily lives. Are we willing to put it all aside to listen to the One who offers us eternal life?
Pilate gives his famous reply, “What is truth?” Sadly, he isn’t interested in what Jesus has to say, he just wants to end the discussion.
Jesus offers you and me words of truth and eternal life. But how often do we dismiss Him and cut Him off like Pilate did? How often are we distracted by earthly things we think are more important?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for speaking words of truth to me. Forgive me for cutting You short. Please speak, for Your servant is now listening. Amen.