“Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:37-38) On this last Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate Jesus’ royal office. Moreover, it seems to me, quite fitting that we must wait until the final Sunday to take up Jesus’ royal nature. You really do need to follow Jesus for a while before you begin to understand how he has redefined authority and power. Otherwise, like Pilate, we might assume incorrectly that this ruler is like all the rest. Here we see Governor Pilate is examining King Jesus and it really isn’t going very well…for Pilate. “What is truth?” he asks Truth Incarnate and apparently no answer is offered. And the reason for that; there is no answer to that question beyond the face of the man he is interrogating. As we head into Advent, I do hope that we will allow King Jesus to reveal both the truth of who He is and the truth of who we are: sinners who have been saved by his gracious love.