Jesus stands before Pilate: an accused criminal, facing the judge. Jesus describes himself as a witness to the truth. Pilate’s cynical reply is, ‘Truth? What is that?’ For Pilate, the reality is power, and truth is negotiable. Jesus has come into the world to witness to the truth; the truth that, through his sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and death is overcome. Jesus and Pilate are speaking different languages.
Pilate’s attitude seems to prevail in today’s world. Though we have access to more information than ever before, there often seems to be little respect for the truth. The voices of the poor are drowned out by those of the wealthy and powerful. Today’s Feast of Christ the King reminds us that those who exercise worldly power are answerable to a higher authority. God’s kingdom will not pass away. The truth will prevail.