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Does Jesus Christ have beauty?

Some Muslims claim that Jesus Christ was escaping the truth. The Gospel is telling us:

‘"What is truth?" retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.’ (John 18:38)

“What is truth” was a question from Pilate, the ruler of Palestine. When this was an honest question, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, had answered it in the way he answered to the Jewish religious leader Nicodemus (John 3,) and it is likely he would say: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). But the discussion of Jesus Christ with Pilate was different; this was a court discussion with death sentence. Jesus Christ and Pilate were now alone in the judgment-hall (John 18:33), and as soon as Pilate had asked the question, without waiting for an answer, he went out. It is clear that Pilate was satisfied, from the answer of Jesus Christ (John 18:36-37), that he was not a king in the sense in which the Jews accused him, not dangerous to the Roman Empire and therefore innocent. [1]

Jesus Christ was referring to the absolute truth: Pilate, truth in any particular case. The view of Pilate to the truth was of a soul filled with skepticism, such as is frequently met with in the man of the world, and especially in the statesman. [2] Jesus Christ was teaching the absolute truth that teaches the knowledge of God, and directs in the way [3]. Therefore Jesus said: “’I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

John 18:38 shows the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was not escaping the truth.


Notes:

[1] Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, John 18.
[2] Vincent’s Word Studies, John 18.
[3] Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, John 14.

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