What Jesus Did! 'The King of Truth' — John 18:37

Thursday, November 17, 2022

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."

— John 18:37 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus came as King. He did not come as a king in robes of royalty or with a fine palace and a royal court. Instead, Jesus came as the King of Truth in simplicity and with a band of everyday folks called apostles. His mission was not to conquer the political landscape, but for God's truth to win the hearts of the people — all people, not just the Jewish people. Truth, however, is dangerous for some people. Every pretender to a powerful position and those who misuse the power that they have are threatened by one who is genuinely qualified and powerful in ways that they don't understand. Pretenders fear the truth. So the true King was murdered so that they could feel secure in the power that they had. The only problem was that once the truth was out there, no political pretender and no earthly power could keep truth from triumphing. Where is Pilate's power today? What's left of Herod's thirst for royal recognition? And Caesar's rule? And the Roman Empire? All are gone, even those who actually had royal and powerful positions. On the other hand, one King still reigns over the hearts of men and women of all races — Jesus, the King of Truth!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the blessing of an everlasting Kingdom and a triumphant King — your Son and my Savior, Jesus. May his truth and his Kingdom come to complete triumph in my life. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 2:1-12
  • Luke 1:26-33
  • John 19:14-15


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Illustration of John 18:37 NLT — "So you are a king?"   ——   "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."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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