Good Friday, April 19, 2019
Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:37-38)
The Truth he is
Pilate’s question is exactly the right one to ask. What is truth?
This is not a question about facts and details but about the meaning of life, the meaning of the universe itself, if it has any meaning at all.
For the Pilates of every age, the meaning of life is power, to have and hold it, to wield it for one’s advantage. He is not an inordinately evil man. He is a personification and an exaggeration of common wisdom.
We use what small or great power we manage to accumulate to protect ourselves and our interests. There is a certain amount of Pilate in every human being.
But is this the truth of the universe? Is this … what it is all about? Is life a matter of getting what you want, protecting it and satisfying the demands of ego to be as comfortable as you can?
Or is there something more that calls us beyond ourselves into a greater enterprise? Does the universe actually have an overriding meaning that implores us to align our hearts and actions to its call?
It has always been telling to me that Jesus doesn’t answer Pilate’s question, what is truth?He just stands there … because he is the answer, his life, everything he is and does is the truth.
He is totally given and totally filled with an Extraordinary Love, which is the best name we have for God.
Extraordinary Love seeks to gather all that is in an eternal embrace, a great and holy oneness in which everything is imbued and filled with the Love who pours from Jesus as he simply stands there, refusing hatred and retaliation, loving in the face of evil’s rampart power, loving right to the end.
This is truth. We praise, reverence and serve this One … that our hearts may know the truth he is.
Pr. David L. Miller