The interaction between Pilate and the chief priests is very interesting. Pilate put up the “charge” against Jesus, calling him the “King of the Jews.”
The priests immediately went up to Pilate, asking him to change it to, “He claimed to be king of the Jews.” But Pilate simply replied, “What I have written, I have written.” (John 19:21-22).
It strikes me that many people take the same kind of attitude toward Jesus that the Jews did. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as their king. They don’t want to admit that he’s God’s Son. They don’t want to admit he’s the only way of salvation.
So they complain to Christians saying, “He just claimed to be the king. He just claimed that he was God’s Son. He just claimed that he’s the only way. But don’t go telling us that he really is all these things. We don’t believe it.”
But unlike Pilate, we have a higher authority than ourselves to point to. And we simply have to say, “What God has written in his Word, he has written. You cannot change what he has said. Nor can you convince him to change his mind. What he has said is fixed for all eternity. And all your unbelief will not change it.”
People won’t like to hear that. The chief priests certainly didn’t. But the question is not whether you like it or not. The question is whether it’s true. And the question is whether you will bend your heart to that truth, or attempt to bend the truth to what you want to believe.
But if you try to do the latter, it’s not the truth that will shatter, but you.
Jesus said of himself,
Have you never read in the Scriptures: ” ‘The stone (that is, Jesus) the builders (the chief priests and other religious leaders) rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’…He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed. (Matthew 21:42, 44)
The chief priests rejected Jesus, and as a result their whole world was shattered. Jerusalem was conquered, their temple destroyed, and worse, they will find themselves condemned before God on judgment day.
The same will happen to anyone who rejects Christ. What God has written is written. The only question is, “What will you do with what he has said?”