John 18: What Is Truth?

In John 18, we find perhaps the most intriguing question in all the New Testament. Pilate, the man responsible for handing Jesus over to his death, asked, “What is truth?”

Pilate knew what it meant to have truth twisted to fit a situation. He was well aware that the Jewish leaders had handed Jesus over out of jealousy. Yet he was not sure what to make of this man from Nazareth who claimed to be the truth.

In the end, Pilate sought a compromise that would make the crowds happy. When this failed, he went with the crowd’s desires rather than truth.

The same happens still today.

We question truth on issues of each day, sometimes making compromises to seek the approval of others rather than Christ.

Yet we can learn much from Pilate’s mistake. The truth is right before us; we need not change the truth nor deny it. We must only accept it and live it.

When faced with an ethical challenge today, remember the question of Pilate:

What is truth?


Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at Find out more about Dillon at or

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