Dr. Dan Hayden

Are you concerned to know the truth? To cut through all of the deceptions and media spins that accompany all that we are told these days? I know I am. I want to know the truth.

Pilate was a typical politician, wheeling and dealing his way through life. He was a man of expediency and acted more on the basis of convenience than conviction—and that’s how he handled the trial of Jesus. In his initial interrogation, Jesus challenged Pilate’s skepticism. In John 18:37-38 we read:

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

This was certainly a sad situation. Pilate was face to face with the truth, but he was so caught up with the deceptions and manipulations of life that he just couldn’t comprehend it.


The word TRUTH is an interesting word in the original text. It’s the Greek word alētheias, which is from the word lanthanó, to lie hid, with the alpha prefix meaning not. So truth is something that is not hid.

Well, there it was standing in front of him. It wasn’t hid or clouded in mystical jargon. It was as clear as the nose on his face. Jesus was telling him the truth and all he could say was, “What is Truth?”

If you are all caught up in the spin of world thinking, you won’t recognize the truth either.

For further study, see: Truth Matters