â€œPilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, â€˜Are you the king of the Jews?â€™ â€˜Is that your own idea,â€™ Jesus asked, â€˜or did others talk to you about me?â€™ â€˜Am I a Jew?â€™ Pilate replied. â€˜It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?â€™ Jesus said, â€˜My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.â€™ â€˜You are a king, then!â€™ said Pilate. Jesus answered, â€˜You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.â€™” (John 18:33-37 NIV)
Christ did break His silence on two occasions during His trial. The first was before Pontius Pilate. When Pilate asked Him if He were a King, Jesus replied, â€œYou are right in saying I am a king.â€ Christ went on to explain, however, that His â€œkingdom [was] not of this world.â€ It was a heavenly and eternal kingdom, not an earthly and temporal one.
According to Jesus, He came into the world â€œto testify to the truthâ€ of His kingdom. It is real! It is also accessible to all who are willing to listen to the truth. Remember, Jesus said, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by meâ€ (John 14:6). Therefore, the subjects of Christâ€™s kingdom are those who prove that they are â€œon the side of truthâ€ by â€œlistening to Him.â€
Many claim Christ as their King who neither listen to Him nor obey Him. Such claims are fallacious and all who make them prove themselves foreigners to the Kingdom of God. There is simply no way that you can be a subject of Christâ€™s Kingdom without being subjected to Christ.
â€œThe only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God; and this can be done only by means of the acknowledgement and profession of the truth by each of one of us.â€ (Leo Tolstoy)