The above is a question asked by Pontius Pilate after Jesus told him that he had come to testify to the truth (John 18:33-38).
There he stood, the man “in power”, not realizing he was speaking with his own creator and Lord of all. He could never have encountered a more suitable authority for answering his question. Apparently, however, he did not ask in order to receive an answer.
Reality is truth, regardless of how you and I feel about it. As a matter of fact, Ben Shapiro, noted political commentator, even wrote a book entitled “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings”. I have not read the book, but I know the Title is true (I can’t help but note the irony of the fact, in this context, that Ben is Jewish).
Truth, is the unmovable and eternal rock against which all lies, inaccuracies, opinions and misleading feelings are eventually ground to powder. In this world full of lies, truth is at a premium, even though it is readily available to all.
Can you imagine what it might have been like for Pilate when he died, and found himself before the Lord of Glory whom he failed to recognize as the one who testified in truth?
What of those who cried out in Pilate’s ears, demanding that Jesus be crucified that day? Can you imagine what it might have been like for them, having denied the obvious truth of who he was, when they also in eternity lifted their eyes on the one who yet bore the scars of their deeds?
It makes me shiver to my core. May God grant that they all somehow found repentance.
Now, can you imagine what it will be like for you and me, weak and needy as we are, to go into eternity and meet our savior and our brother in whose truth we put our faith?
Keep that thought.