John 18: 33b-37
Pilate, a Roman, expected a different kind of a king, probably the type of oppressive Roman rulers that he is familiar with. In addition, the fact that the rulers handed Jesus over seems to suggest to Pilate that Jesus must have done something to cause his falling out of favor with his “own nation.” That is why he asked Jesus, “What have you done.”
Both Pilate and Jesus’ Jewish opponents limit their understanding of kings and kingdoms to worldly kings and kingdoms.
Jesus does not meet their worldly expectations.
On the contrary, Jesus’ kingship and kingdom, though in the world, are not of the world.
Are we willing to listen to the King who has come to testify to the truth, God’s truth?