“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
— John 18:37-40 NIV

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In this chapter, we get a picture of the some of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. Specifically, we see His arrest, Peter's denial of Him, and Pilate's decision to pardon Barabbas instead of Jesus. If you haven't heard it before, I encourage to go listen to Judah Smith's take on this passage here. Now, if you've seen that or just watched it, I know I would not be able to follow that with much more to say about a take on Barabbas, but I do want to take a look at Pilate in this story.  

Unfortunately, when I read this story, I can see myself in how Pilate interacts with Jesus. Pilate continues to ask Jesus who He is and gives Him the opportunity to explain Himself. Jesus responds in pretty confusing language, but Pilate seems to somewhat be tracking with Him even though Pilate undoubtedly thought some of the language Jesus was using to be weird. Then, Pilate does something all too familiar to me, he looks at the crowd. Have you ever done this? You look to God for answers to things in your life and when you don't quite understand, you turn to other people to get a more concrete answer. I have caught myself throughout my life looking to pastors, teachers, and mentors to answer my questions on who Jesus is and what Truth is.

I want to make sure that I acknowledge that people put in those positions are still good sources of guidance and wisdom, but they are not qualified because they have some position. They are qualified because God has given them all wisdom and Truth they are able to give. Too many times we get confused on what Truth is because we turn to other things to tell us Truth when we just need to keep going back to God, the source, to get Truth. Instead of running away from confusion, look deeper and ask God more questions to gain a deeper understanding.

- Daniel Bailey