Friday, November 23, 2012

Who Do You Say I Am?

(Duccio di Buoninsegna: Jesús ante Pilatos)

When Governor Pilate returned to HQ, he had Jesus brought up from the dungeon. "Are you really the King of the Jews?"
 
Jesus asked back: "Do you really want to know, or have you already made your decision based on hear-say?"
 
Pilate did not expect defiance: "Do I look like a Jew? It was your own people, and the leaders of your own faith, that betrayed you. What the Hades have you done to piss them off so thoroughly?"
 
Jesus answered Pilate's first question: "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, the Legions of the Host would have prevented this moment. You say I'm a king? It is for this very moment that I was born - for this trial that I came into this world to testify. Everyone who knows Truth knows the sound of my voice."
 
(John 18:33-37 retold)

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