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

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pilate said, "So you are a king!" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. That is true. I was born for this: to tell people about the truth. That is why I came into the world. And every person that belongs to the truth listens to me."
— John 18:37 NLT
Illustration of John 18:37 NLT — "So you are a king!"

Key Thought

Jesus came as king. He did not come as a king in robes of royalty, nor 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. Every pretender to royalty is threatened by one who is genuinely qualified. They fear the truth. So the true King was murdered so that all the pretenders could feel secure. Only problem was that once the truth was out there, no political power and no royal pretender could keep the truth from triumph. Where is Pilate's power today? And Herod's thirst for royal recognition? And Caesar's rule? And the Roman Empire? All are gone, with nothing left but old stones and a few sentences in the history books to tell about their passage across the stage of time. On the other hand, one King still reigns over the hearts of men and women from 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,


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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