What Jesus Did! 'The Question of Irony and Grace' — John 18:38

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pilate said, "What is truth?" When Pilate said this, he went out to the Jewish leaders again. Pilate said to them, "I can find nothing to charge against this man."
— John 18:38 NLT
Illustration of John 18:38 NLT — Pilate said, "What is truth?" When Pilate said this, he went out to the Jewish leaders again. Pilate said to them, "I can find nothing to charge against this man."

Key Thought

Pilate answers his own question: Jesus is not guilty of any crime. The whole proceedings are a great reminder of the travesty of justice and the loss of human decency and integrity. Jesus is delivered into the hands of those who hate him. The Messiah is convicted on trumped up charges in an illegal trial. Jesus is rejected by people crying for his death while trying not to defile themselves ceremonially. The true King is rejected by God's people as they cry out that they have no king but Caesar. People committed to righteousness put the Lord to death and set a murderous criminal free. So when you feel mistreated, please remember the Lord. Before you feel abandoned ... betrayed ... and unjustly punished, remember Jesus. Then understand that he went through what he faced so that you could know the truth and that truth could set you free! If you have Jesus, you have everything and no one can take him away from you. That's the truth!

Today's Prayer

Righteous and triumphant God, King of the nations, thank you for the triumph that is mine in Jesus. I know your truth is liberating. I know your truth is powerful. Please give me the courage to trust that Word and build my life upon it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 8:31-32
  • Romans 8:38-39
  • John 17:17-19

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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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