Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”
They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.”
Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.”
Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.
Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
“Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice…” “What is truth?” The contrast is set; black and white fight for the same space. And a felon, charged, convicted and sentenced to die is given freedom with all charges dropped while an innocent, falsely charged, not convicted, not sentenced, one who raised others from death, is destined to die.
“What is truth?” The masses of humanity ask and answer with untruth based upon their own faulty logic. “Everyone who is of truth hears my voice…” and the battle lines are drawn. With the presence of the Holy Spirit we have truth and those without the Spirit cannot see, hear, nor understand. We hear his voice, they do not. He came, and the world is divided. On which side are we? Truth or untruth? Is it evident? If we are truly on the side of truth it will show and we will experience the division between us and the rest of mankind. What is truth? Everyone who is of truth hears my voice…