Luke 23:3 ” So Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say.’ Jesus replied.”

Pilate was no friend of the Jews, and his question here to Jesus was, in all probability, just a brazen and antagonistic dig at the Jewish Leaders standing nearby. But little did Pilate know that he was speaking the truth…the plain truth that the Sadducees and Pharisees refused to acknowledge. “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King Who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5) Once in John 8:12-30, the Pharisees even argued with Jesus about the validity of His testimony, with Jesus telling them, “. Even if I testify on My own behalf, My testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.” They flatly denied Jesus as the Messiah, while the pagan King Pilate at least asked the question.

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