“What is truth?” Pilates asks Jesus in his private interrogation of Him. Today, the word truth is often associated with perspective. In many modern-day circumstances it has come to mean a perspective has been established and can be validated by one’s own experience or personal opinion. This is the type of ‘truth’ to which Pilate refers when he scoffs at Jesus. Pilate’s question dismisses Jesus’ statement that there is real truth with which to contend, that there is fact which stands regardless of his belief in it. What is this truth to which Jesus has come to testify?
This Truth is the Truth of His Kingship. Jesus tells Pilate that He was born to testify to the Truth, and speaks very plainly when He says that there is a Kingdom beyond this world.
The Truth of Jesus Kingship is just that: truth. Regardless of what people may think, this Truth remains to be dealt with by every living soul. While the Sovereign Kingship of Jesus does and will not change, all are called to choose whether or not to concede to this Truth. This is very different than the government systems of the world. People rule through exercising power and control over populations in a particular region. And, likewise, the Kingdom of God in its fullness is encased in the Gates of Heaven. But Jesus’ subjects also include people in the world who choose to be loyal to Him. And His Sovereignty and Will are not limited by time and space. Those who accept the Truth about Christ, no matter their location, are of His Kingdom. The Reign of our King extends to every heart who believes in the Truth of His Testimony.