Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33)

If this was the season of Lent, beloved reader, I would tell you about Pilate being harried and pushed around by the Jewish religious leaders. But the focus here, today, is not on Jesus being on trial but what His identity was and is.

“Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” (Verse 34)

Yes, that is Jesus identifying the Pilate has been harangued beyond his endurance. But it is also Jesus proving that He knows things beyond human understanding. You can envision Jesus being kind and gentle, or probing and confronting; I myself prefer the kind and gentle. It is more in line with my faith beliefs. But your Jesus can be confronting and pressing Pilate.

“Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” (Verses 35 – 36)

Jesus also confronted the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, disciples, random followers, and the “crowds” who seemed to follow for their own purposes and reasons. Jesus, actually – as the Divine – confronts us to, when we need to be confronted.

“Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (Verse 37)

Do you listen, beloved reader, when the Divine through Jesus Christ or any other Aspect of the Divine comes to you? I imagine, when I am in distress, the Divine coming to me – not to confront but to comfort. In fact kneeling before me and gazing into my face that most assuredly shows the range of my scattered emotions. Gently, so gently, telling me the truths about myself, my life, and my situation. In those intimate moments I see the Divine revealed, and I fall on that comfort and rest in that security. Pilate, as you know, came to fear Jesus and just wanted the whole situation to go away. And it did – for a time. That is the thing about truths – they have an annoying habit of coming back when lest convenient or expected.

May you, beloved reader, welcome the Divine in all of the Holy Aspects; and may the “confrontations” you “endure” lift you up and comfort you. Shalom & Selah!