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The Trial of Christ In the Gospel of John

BY Jim Cosgrove

April 16-22, 2000 Issue | Posted 4/16/00 at 2:00 PM

 

Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?”

Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me; what have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, my kingdom is not of this realm.”

Therefore Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this

I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in him.

“But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?”

So they cried out again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber (John 18:33-40).