The text for this Christ the King Sunday appropriately comes from John’s Gospel account of Jesus Passion (18:1-19:42). From this point on in John’s Gospel the story is close to the one’s found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Of course prior to this point in John’s Gospel there are the long discourses of Jesus unlike the Synoptic Gospels.
The stirring drama of Jesus trial in John’s Gospel is the story that seems to have become imbedded in Christian tradition. This much longer telling of the story contains the question, “Are you the king of the Jews?” which is found in the other gospels. At the beginning of the story Jesus talks more but at the end (19:1-16) is almost silent. He is criticized for his silence.
There are two settings in John’s account. The one calmer situation is inside the room where Jesus is being held prisoner and his innocence is made clear to Pilate. The other is outside that presents a crowd mentality declaring Jesus guilt. Notice how the drama goes back and forth between these two settings. As one commentator has said Pilate’s going between these very different scenes mirrors the soul of Pilate’s struggle regarding Jesus. The eventual statement by Jesus seems to turn Jesus trial really into a trial of Pilate.
37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
So for the reader we are also asked the question, "What is truth?"