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Alethia: True, Truth, Verity, Part2

By his treatment of truth and his words, Pilate reveals himself as being the world’s first modern man; a consummate politician. But instead of dominating the courtroom proceedings as is his usual practice, Pilate the politician finds himself out of control when confronted by the embodiment of truth, Jesus Christ.

Pilate quickly realises that has been jockeyed around to where he must adjudicate in a clear-cut case of right and wrong. But he knows that making a just decision could result in his own political downfall.

Pilate understood as well as anyone the imperfections and limitations, and the rampant abuses of the judicial system. To Pilate, truth was not just a political football to be kicked around on a political whim; but was a commodity to be bought and sold or a club to bash people with; depending upon how much money or status that they could muster together. Pilate knew that the real aim of this trial was not truth, but the elimination of a rival by political assassination.

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him Mathew 28:18

It was obvious that this was a put-up job and that there was no foundation to the charges. Pilate’s own wife had warned him off, “Have nothing to do with this just man”; but to Pilate survival was paramount, politics the only reality, where truth was expendable.

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Matthew 27:24

However Jesus Christ, the embodiment of truth is not at all squeamish about being viewed as narrow minded or anti-intellectual; in fact, quite the reverse. Jesus makes a very bold assertion;

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

This is not a straightjacket. The glory of truth, the very essence of truth is that far from being a constraint or our straitjacket, truth is actuality our liberator. Jesus declares,

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free John 8:32


Aletheia, true, truth, verity. Jesus Christ the truth, is our liberator. He is the rock solid foundation on which a person can confidently build a life.

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