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Daily Reading: 7th January 2016

John 18.33-35 cont.

33 Then Pilate again went into the Praetorium and called Jesus and said to Him: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

34 Jesus replied: “Are you saying this from yourself, or have others told you about Me?”

35 Pilate replied: “Am I a Jew? Your nation and chief priests delivered You to me. What have You done?”

We all have opinions. These are developed over the years, and sometimes they are changed as we learn more and gain greater experience.

We tend to form an opinion about others as soon as we meet them. Sometimes it will be a good opinion, and at other times it will be a bad one. Perhaps at a later stage we have to change our opinion about them as our experience of them gives us a greater understanding of them.

Quite often our opinion of someone else may be formed through what others have said about that person.

When Jesus stood before Pilate He challenged him as to where he had got his opinion about Jesus. Up to this point, as far as we know, Pilate had never met Jesus. He would have heard about Him. No doubt Pilate would have been aware of the excitement that Jesus had generated as He entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey’s colt. Perhaps the significance of this would not have been lost on Pilate: that kings who come in peace usually entered a city riding on a donkey’s colt.

If so Pilate’s opinion would be that before him stood someone who came in peace, but at the same time someone claiming to be a king.

Pilate had also heard the Jewish leaders’ accusation against Jesus, which was an accusation that He broke the Jewish Law. Pilate could see that this was not a Roman legal matter. This would also have influenced his opinion about Jesus.

The question that Jesus asked Pilate was not a direct answer to his question about Jesus being the King of the Jews. Instead it was a question that made Pilate think about what he was saying as to whether or not he actually believed what he was saying.

In the world there are many opinions about Jesus, and there are many voices that try to influence what others believe about Him. However, there is only one opinion that is really true. We find that in the pages of the Bible. The true opinion about Jesus is revealed to us by God through the Scriptures.

This is the opinion that matters and we read this in Mark 9.7:

And a cloud came overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud: “This is My dearly loved Son, listen to Him”.

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