But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Have you ever worked with or been around little kids for a couple of hours? As someone who earned a degree in elementary education, I certainly have witnessed my share of dramatic kid situations. Something that I have seen happen fairly often, is one kid "tattling" on the other one. With a little experience, any caregiver will quickly learn how to decipher between what is a valid complaint, and what has been made up or exaggerated. Often one of the most obvious signs that someone truly is guilty, is how much they demand that they are innocent. Typically the louder they yell, the more they stomp, and the quicker the tears come the higher the chances are that the kid in question really did do something.
Even adults struggle with hiding their emotions when they get caught "red-handed". Movies and TV shows comically portray the sense of guilt with sweaty palms, stammering over words, and a heap of unnecessary emotion. As we think about the people we know who have been proven guilty, we must take note of their reactions- and then think about how Jesus reacted to his accusers.
He said nothing.
It would only be natural for him to at least attempt to justify his actions or clear his name, but he didn't. His reputation was not what mattered to him. What mattered to him was his purpose. He had come to do one job and he was determined to do it. As stated in his own words, he came to reveal the truth.
Something else that really intrigued me in these passages was his mention of his followers being capable of fighting to save him. He points out that if his kingdom was truly on earth, as people believed it would be, then he would definitely become king. In other words, whatever God deems should happen- happens. The only reason Jesus was crucified was because God wanted it to happen. Think about that for a moment. We spend a lot of time talking about all the things God didn't want or didn't like about the world, but perhaps it is time for a new perspective. While it is true that pain, suffering, and terror are things God would never wish on us it is also true that those experiences were a product of something greater. Something that was planned.
God always knew he would need to make a place where the reality of good and evil was shown. That place just happens to be earth. Everything that exists in our universe and beyond needs to understand what good and evil are. At the moment, while we are stuck on earth it can feel like we got the short end of the stick- but I argue that we didn't. We are special. Chosen. Part of a very significant plan. It is a plan that depended on Jesus, doing what he had to do to be crucified. His death had to happen. The future of everything depended on it.