I was reading in the book of John the other day for my personal quiet time. I've been going through the gospel of John recently and decided to stay on track with my reading rather than going back to do the birth of Christ.
As I was reading along I came across this scripture...
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." John 18:37
Hmmm. There's something you don't hear emphasized very often at Easter time. Jesus Christ said that He is a king and that this was the reason He was even born and came into the world - to be a king. Isn't that interesting? And isn't it interesting that at Christmas time, this pivotal moment between Jesus and Pilate is rarely mentioned. I think His birth and this conversation are two moments in time that should be closely tied together.
Is Jesus Christ the King of your life? And if you say that He is, then what does that mean exactly?
And what about the second part of what Jesus said here too...that he came into the world to testify to the truth and that everyone on the side of truth listens to Him? If Jesus came to testify to the truth then we have to ask WHAT or WHO is the truth that He is testifying about? We, as believers understand that to be God. HE is the source - the originator of truth. And if you'll look at the records of Jesus' life, you'll find Him talking about God and talking to God all the time. Everything He said and did was to point people to God - the truth.
And what about that listening to Jesus part?
Ever wonder why so many famous people and rich people and non believing in God type people are so caught up in themselves? It's because they are not listening to Jesus. You see, when you don't have the source of truth in your life as guidance then you're free to do whatever you want. You have no restraints. Truth is relative and so is life. Pick and choose your own path. But be careful because when you do, it can sure get rocky.
Just ask Danny Bonaduce.