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
Pilate could have never imagined how his brief exchange with Jesus of Nazareth and his role in sending the Saviour to the cross that day, would secure for him – a procurator of a small province in the Roman empire – a place in world history.
Pilate’s brief exchange with Jesus (John 18:33-38) is framed around 4 questions he asked:
- Are you the king of the Jews?
- Am I a Jew? (Pilate’s response of disgust when Jesus asked how he understood His kingship).
- What is it you have done?
- What is truth?
It was in response to that line of questioning that Jesus stated one of the most profound components of His personal mission statement: “In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.”
Notice Christ didn’t leave it at just telling the truth – but He went much deeper. “Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.” The Lord Jesus expects His people to live truth, to be committed to truth, to act on truth.
And that is the basis for our worship.
At Bethel, a core value is the weekly remembrance of the Lord Jesus and the Cross by celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We thank the Father; our worship is lead by the Holy Spirit; but our worship is directed towards the Son. “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Although our neighbors may wonder what possible purpose we could have in heading out the door early Sunday morning, we come together for reasons of spiritual and historical reality; our motivation is based on truth.
Jesus Christ is Lord! He is the Cosmic King! As Christians, we bear His Name!
It is our responsibility – and our privilege – to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Takeaway – The early church was characterized as a community of worshippers. Would those who are closest to me say that worship – individual and corporate – is a characteristic of my life?]]>