Born to tell the truth (Jn 18:37-18:37)

“Pilate said to Jesus.

‘So then!

You are a king!’

Jesus answered.

‘You say

That I am a king!

For this,

I was born!

For this,

I came

Into the world.

I came

To bear witness

To the truth.

Everyone who belongs

To the truth


To my voice.’”

εἶπεν οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ Πειλᾶτος Οὐκοῦν βασιλεὺς εἶ σύ; ἀπεκρίθη ὁ Ἰησοῦς Σὺ λέγεις ὅτι βασιλεύς εἰμι. ἐγὼ εἰς τοῦτο γεγέννημαι καὶ εἰς τοῦτο ἐλήλυθα εἰς τὸν κόσμον, ἵνα μαρτυρήσω τῇ ἀληθείᾳ· πᾶς ὁ ὢν ἐκ τῆς ἀληθείας ἀκούει μου τῆς φωνῆς.

John uniquely continued with this dialogue between Pilate and Jesus.  Pilate (ὁ Πειλᾶτος) said to Jesus (εἶπεν οὖν), so therefore (Οὐκοῦν), he was a king (Οὐκοῦν βασιλεὺς εἶ σύ)!  Only John, among all the Greek biblical writers used this word Οὐκοῦν, that means therefore or so then.  Pilate understood that Jesus had admitted that he was a king, since he had a kingdom, but not of this world.  Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) answered (ἀπεκρίθη) as in the Synoptics that Pilate was the one saying that he was a king, since he had just said so (Σὺ λέγεις ὅτι βασιλεύς εἰμι).  Then Jesus explained that this was why he was born (ἐγὼ εἰς τοῦτο γεγέννημαι).  He came (καὶ εἰς τοῦτο ἐλήλυθα) into this world (εἰς τὸν κόσμον) to be a king.  Thus, he can bear witness (ἵνα μαρτυρήσω) to the truth (τῇ ἀληθείᾳ·).  Everyone who belonged (πᾶς ὁ ὢν ἐκ) to the truth (τῆς ἀληθείας) listened (ἀκούει) to his voice (μου τῆς φωνῆς).  This dialogue with Jesus and Pilate continued.  First, Pilate thought that Jesus had said he was a king, since he had a heavenly kingdom.  Jesus then took the stance that the synoptics had reported, as he turned it on Pilate, who was the one calling him a king.  If that is the case, it must be true.  Then Jesus elaborated on his kingship.  He was born to be a king, like an earthy royal heir.  He came into this world to explain the heavenly kingdom or the kingdom of God.  He had to bear witness to the truth of his heavenly kingdom.  However, only those who listened to his true voice would be part of his kingdom.  Jesus was extending an invitation to Pilate, but would he listen?  Do you listen to Jesus to become part of his heavenly kingdom?

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