“Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, ‘Are You the King of the Jews’” (John 18:33)?
The high priest, Caiaphas, was the one that brought Jesus to the attention of Pilate. The former was seeking to preserve his religious kingdom and the latter his political kingdom. Personal kingdoms such as these become powerful strongholds. Because they are built upon the false realities of power, position, prestige, and influence, the absolute truth of God’s reality is always a threat. It is the proclamation of truth that got the prophets stoned and Jesus crucified. We either hunger for the truth, or we become the one casting the stone at the truth-teller.