During his interrogation of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asked this Jewish itinerant rabbi if He was a King. (John 18:33) (NIV). Jesus answered that He was the King of a Kingdom that is not of this world, and that anyone who was “of the Truth”, who was “a friend of the Truth”, or who “belong[ed] to the Truth” would hear and heed His voice. (John 18:37) (AMP). In response, Pilate famously asked: Quid est veritas? (What is truth?). (John 18:38) (NIV).
Quid est veritas? This is the question to end all questions. For the purpose, meaning, and significance of our existence hinges on its answer. Until Jesus revealed His identity to the world, generation after generation had wrestled with this mystery, offering answers that were at times prosaic and at times prolific, but never irrefutable and never complete.
The poet found truth in poesy, the politician found truth in propaganda, the philosopher found truth in propositions, the painter found truth in passion, and the potentate found truth in power. But Jesus proclaimed to all Creation that Truth is in fact a Person: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life[.]” (John 14:6) (AMP). The implications of this revelation are awe-inspiring: Truth transcends language, logic, passions, and force; it is a Person — Jesus, the Christ. In Him (the Life) and through Him (the Way), we discover our purpose, our meaning, our significance . . . everything!
St. Augustine once said, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” The Truth is indeed a lion — Scripture calls Jesus the Lion of Judah. (Revelation 5:5) (NIV). As a mighty lion, He requires no defense. And as a Person, He ultimately cannot be found or grasped through logic, passion, power, aphorism or rune. He is found through introduction, and He is understood through relationship.
Quid est veritas? Jesus is veritatem.