By John Hutchinson
When English journalist and media personality Sir David Frost was asked who he would most like to interview, he said, ‘Jesus Christ.’
If Frost had the opportunity to interview Jesus the whole world would surely want to see it.
There was, however, someone who did interview Jesus, but in a very different setting to David Frost. He did, however, ask questions of him that most would like to know about.
The interviewer was Pontius Pilate — the Roman authority who had to judge a case brought against Jesus. He was interested to find out more about the ridiculed figure before him and talked to him privately.
Jesus, however, was somewhat evasive and even asked counter questions.
Question 1: There was a question, perhaps the most basic and important one, which Jesus didn’t answer. Pilate said, “Where are you from?”
Jesus could’ve said, ‘I’m from Nazareth where I’ve lived and worked with Joseph, my step father, in his carpenter’s shop.’ He had, of course, previously informed his disciples about where he was from.
He had earlier said, “I came from the Father and have come into the world… I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” To which the disciples said, “Now we know you are not talking in figures of speech … by this we know you came from God.” (John 16:27)
The Bible teaches that there never was a time when Jesus wasn’t. He has eternally been — with God the Father.
Question 2: Indignant at Christ’s non answer Pilate said, “Don’t you realize I have power to either free you or to crucify you?”
Pilate assumed power belonged to Rome. But, Jesus said, “You would have no power against me except given you from above.”
The Bible says, “Power belongs to God ” (Psalm 62:11).
Little did Pilate know the thorn-crowned flogged figure who would be nailed to a cross had more power than any man alive.
Question 3: “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied in words most intriguing - and challenging. He said, “Do you say this of yourself or did others tell you?”
The things we believe and the convictions we hold must be our own. Jesus had earlier said, “Learn from me.” We can read the gospels and learn for ourselves what Jesus said and taught.
Pilate then heard it straight from the person himself, “My kingdom is not of this world.”
Christ’s kingdom is nothing like the kingdoms we know. He is ‘King of Kings’ and ‘Lord of Lords’.
Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God “is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:3)
“…that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdoms of men” (Daniel 4:17).
Question 4: “What is Truth?”
The question was prompted by Jesus saying, “I came to bear witness to the truth. Those of the truth hear my voice.”
‘What is true?’ requires a different response to ‘What is truth?’
Someone said, ‘The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.’
Truth underpins all things just and good and is the friend of trust.
The one from whom Pilate tried to extract truth was truth — Living Truth! Jesus had earlier said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
It would be interesting to see an interview of David Frost with Jesus. However, for us today, we can read the Bible for ourselves. Much of what Jesus said and did is found in the four New Testament gospels.