Studies In The Book Of John


John 18:37-40


John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”


A. Yes, Jesus is the King (Matthew 21:1-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, and Revelation 17:14).

1. Jesus’ reply of “thou sayest” is well documented (Matthew 27:11, Mark 15:2, and Luke 23:3).

2. He was born to be the King (Isaiah 9:6-7).

3. Paul later wrote of Jesus’ confession before Pilate (I Timothy 6:13).

B. Jesus came to bear witness unto the truth (John 1:17).

1. Jesus continued His testimony of the truth through the work of the Apostles (Revelation 1:9).

2. The Spirit came and bore witness also, as He too is the truth (I John 5:6).

3. As an angel stated to John, we have the testimony of Christ (Revelation 19:10).

C. Every one that is of the truth listens to the Lord (John 8:47 and John 10:26-27).

1. People who are not of God do not hear the truth (I John 4:6).

2. Our actions reveal who we really are servants of (I John 3:8-10).


John 18:38 “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”


A. Ignorant people are often confused about what the truth is (Acts 17:17-20).

1. The word of God is truth (II Samuel 7:28, Psalms 119:142, Psalms 119:151, John 17:17, and Colossians 1:5).

2. Jesus is the truth (John 1:14, John 14:6, and Ephesians 4:21).

3. Jesus is the word (John 1:1-5 and I John 5:7).

B. Pilate found no fault in Jesus (Luke 23:4 and Luke 23:14-16).

1. In fact, Pilate knew the motives of the Jews were wrong (Mark 15:8-10).

2. Pilate was correct, there was no fault in Jesus (Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 7:26, I Peter 1:18-19, and I John 3:5).


John 18:39-40 “(39) But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?  (40) Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.”


A. Pilate’s plan was to use the custom of the Jews to release Jesus by putting Jesus up for pardon with a notable criminal (Matthew 27:15-18).

1. Pilate wanted to release Jesus (Luke 23:20).

2. Pilate’s wife had dreams about the innocence of Jesus (Matthew 27:19).

3. However, the will of the chief priests and elders was overwhelming (Matthew 27:20; cf. Matthew 20:18, Mark 11:18, Luke 9:22, and John 11:47-50).

B. The Jews were adamant in choosing a thief, who was also a murderer (Luke 23:25), over our Lord (Acts 3:13-14).

1. Barabbas committed murder at a time wherein he caused an uprising (Mark 15:7).

2. The Jews had reached such a point of apostasy that they had chosen evil over good (Proverbs 17:15, Isaiah 5:20, and Malachi 2:17).




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