What is the truth (John 18:38, John 18:19-24, Matthew 26:61-67, Matthew 22:15-22, Luke 23:1-5, John 18:33-38, John 8:31-32)

Jack Graham, 04/02/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Evening service


Sunday (PM), April 2, 2017

Quote: "If we call ourselves Christians—people following Christ—we should know what road we are taking. Christ went the way of the Cross and we should be prepared to do likewise.

Chinese Pastor, who spent 22 years in prison for not denying his faith.

Pilate ask Jesus, "What is Truth" (John 18:38)

Jesus answers Pilot's question; "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me,"


1, The Truth is taken before Annas (a corrupt former Priest). John 18:19-24
2. The Truth taken before Caiaphas (Annas son in-law). Matthew 26:61-67
3. Judging the Truth: The Sanhedrin breaks the Jewish Law.

1. The trial was held in secret.
2. It was done at night.
3. It included bribery (30 pieces of silver)
4. No witness for the Truth (needed two or three)
5. They used self-incriminating testimony.
6. They carried out the death penalty on the same day.

4. Caiaphas declared the Truth guilty. because He claimed to be God in the flesh, Caiaphas called this blasphemy. Because the Jews (by law) could not carry out the death penalty they brought the Truth to Pilate, the Roman Governor.


The charges:

1. Matthew 22:15-22
2. Luke 23:1-5

The Truth's conversation with Pilate. (John 18:33-38)

JESUS IS THE TRUTH: John 8:31-32

Tags: Christians, Jesus, Pilate, truth

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John 18:38

38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. (ESV)

John 18:19-24

19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. (ESV)

Matthew 26:61-67

61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, (ESV)

Matthew 22:15-22

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. (ESV)

Luke 23:1-5

23:1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” (ESV)

John 18:33-38

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. (ESV)

John 8:31-32

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV)

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