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Belonging To The Truth
Christ The King (Proper 29)

from the book
Sermons on the Gospel Readings
Series II, Cycle B

Stan Purdum

John 18:33-37


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(Note: Although the lectionary reading stops at verse 37, I recommend reading through verse 38a, which is an integral part of the pericope.)

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Thus, you'll not be surprised when I say that Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator who authorized Jesus' crucifixion, is not on my Christmas card list. But I also have to say that there is one point at which I have some sympathy for him. It's when, during his interrogation of Jesus after Jesus' arrest, Pilate says to Jesus, "What is truth?"

Given the circumstances, it seems unlikely that Pilate was asking for information or for Jesus' view on what truth was. Rather, it was a skeptical and perhaps even cynical reply to Jesus' statement that Jesus had come into the world to testify to the truth. Most likely, the sense of Pilate's response was, "Ha! Who's got time to worry about truth? I have to deal with what's expedient! And the truth ...

This Christ The King (Proper 29) sermon, Belonging To The Truth, is based on John 18:33-37 and relates to Christ The King (Proper 29) of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons on the Gospel Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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