“EVERYONE WHO IS OF THE TRUTH HEARS AND LISTENS TO MY VOICE.” ~ Jesus
I found this so beautiful, this morning! You want to find your “Life Purpose”? ~ It’s in being a friend of the Truth. Belonging to the Truth. Hearing and listening to the voice of Jesus. Bearing witness to the Truth!
…Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas’ presence into the palace. It was now early morning and the Jews themselves did not go into the palace, for fear that they would be contaminated and would not be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate walked out to them and said, “What is the charge that you are bringing against this man?” ~ “If he were not an evil-doer, we should not have handed him over to you,” they replied. To which Pilate retorted, “Then take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” We are not allowed to put a man to death,” replied the Jews (thus fulfilling Christ’s prophecy of the method of his own death). ~ So Pilate went back into the Palace and called Jesus to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked. ~ “Are you asking this of your own accord,” replied Jesus, “or have other people spoken to you about me?” ~ “Do you think I am a Jew?” replied Pilate. “It’s your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done, anyway?” ~ “My kingdom is not founded in this world—if it were, my servants would have fought to prevent my being handed over to the Jews. But in fact my kingdom is not founded on all this!” ~ “So you are a king, are you?” returned Pilate. “Indeed I am a king,” Jesus replied; “the reason for my birth and the reason for my coming into the world is to witness to the truth. Every man who loves truth recognizes my voice.”
[“…This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth (who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth) hears and listens to My voice.”]
To which Pilate retorted, “What is ‘truth’?” and went straight out again to the Jews and said: “I find nothing criminal about him at all. But I have an arrangement with you to set one prisoner free at Passover time. Do you wish me then to set free for you the ‘king of the Jews’?” At this, they shouted out again, “No, not this man, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a bandit….
~ John 18:28-40 (JBP)