Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.John 18:38
Dear Church and Friends,
We understand the concept of “no-fault,” which is a declaration that we make about several things. We have No-Fault divorce, No-Fault auto accidents, and we will on occasion say to one another “it’s not your fault.” The words communicate a lack of blame. No one is responsible for what happened, it just happened.
Pilate was charged with ferreting out the truth in his own court. A man’s life was at stake and he didn’t want to execute the innocent. When he interviewed Jesus in John 18 he was confronted by the most innocent of men. Jesus and Pilate have the following exchange.
- Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. (John 18:37-38)
Like he had done with so many others, Jesus looked into Pilate’s heart and repeated his thoughts back to him. He declared himself to be a king. He confirmed his incarnation and mission, and challenged Pilate with the one word that was foremost on his mind, truth.
Pilate’s reply to the mob was stunning, no-fault. Herein is truth; more truth than Pilate realized. The sinless Son of God stood before him and Pilate gave his judgment which rings true still today. The Hebrew evangelist tells us “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16.
As we celebrate the Passion of Christ this week remember how the sinless one stood in Pilate’s court and was judged so that we could stand in God’s court without judgment.
“I find in him no fault at all.”
Music: Easter Song by the California Baptist University Choir and Orchestra.
Prayer: Please pray for our missionaries Shahid and Maroofa.
Craig’s Catechism: The Fourth Part of Our Belief.
- Question 277: Why do we need to believe this? Answer: For our great comfort and the glory of God.
- Question 278: Explain that plainly? Answer: The love of the Father, the death of Christ, and the power of the Spirit shall ever work in some.
- Question 279: What follows upon this? Answer: The Glory of God and confusion of Satan with our comfort.
All my best,
When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.John 19:6
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