This morning we are listing to Jesus trial before Pontius Pilate. As we listing to the gospel reading we must take into account that this was written close to two hundred years after Jesus death. Looking at Jesus death through our modern eyes would be equivalent to us trying to recall something that happened in detail to our first President George Washington. I am not saying that the gospel readings are not true, incorrect. We must look at the gospel of John from the context for when it was written. Romans had since decided to make Christianity the top religion, when the gospels were written. The gospels were written from a Christian vantage point in telling the story of Jesus, not that of the time period, cultural, religious context that Jesus had been living in. In our scripture we can see that the Jews are looked at as the other. “The Jews Killed Jesus”, sadly this is something that Christians in the past, even presents times still say. Remember Jesus was a beloved Jewish rabbi, healer. Jesus story was told up to three hundred years later, within the time period, influences of when it was written. Everyone wanted to share the story of Jesus. It was now a safe time to put into writing the many stories that had be circulating at various home churches about Jesus life, ministry, death, resurrection. It could all be placed on paper, cared for, shared with many others who longed to hear the story, life of Jesus. We must recall that Jesus was tried as a rebellious common criminal that spoke out against the Roman authorities. Jesus was in fact taking on the broken system of persecution. It would not be unlike Jesus to walk with criminals, those outcasted. We remember the two robbers that were both at his left and right at his crucifixion. He welcomed the robber that saw his kingdom. The robber said to Jesus remember me when I come into your kingdom. Jesus said today you will be in heaven with me. Jesus in the gospel message spoke to Pilot saying, my kingdom is not of this world.’If my kingdom belonged to this world my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the authorities. What does Jesus mean when he says, “My Kingdom.”? Jesus kingdom is his heavily kingdom like he welcomed the robber into. We as believers long to have God’s kingdom where? Here on earth. Jesus is asked by Pilot, ‘are you the king?’ Jesus answered, ‘you say that I am? I was born and came into the world for this one purpose. To speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth, listens to me. I ask what is that truth? I would have to say that the truth that Jesus speaks of is about love, compassion for our neighbors. Jesus loved those who have, are now being persecuted. When the gospel of John shares about the Jewish authorities, we have to remember like the Romans that these people that brought Jesus to trial before Pilot were the elite under Jewish rule. We remember the story out of the gospel a few weeks ago about the widow who put in the two coins into the synagogue treasury? Jesus pointed out the widows loving action of compassion for the Lord, community. Jesus like the widow gave everything he had for the glory of God, humanity like the widow. Jesus gave of his body, the widow gave of her body because she would not have much to eat being hungry. Acts of extreme loving compassion. Jesus had not been found guilty of anything. In our society how many people have we found out have been thrown in jail without a fair trial? Some people have been put in jail for thirty, forty years or in the most heartbreaking cases put to death for a crime they did not commit. Jesus story is a representation of the injustices found in humanity throughout our human history. Jesus was not only having to go up against the Roman authorities, he was going up against leaders within his own faith community. He sat at tables in public with those who were seen as the untouchables of his cultural, religious communities when he traveled. Jesus needed to bring the kingdom of heaven to those who were shunned by society. All who live with love are welcomed to feast at the banquet table. The Kingdom of God was for everyone even those in authority, the rich. We must not forget those in the synagogue elite, elders like Joseph of Arimathea and many others that did to agree with bringing charges against Jesus. They knew that Jesus did not commit any crime. Within Jesus faith you could be stoned to death for committing crimes against God deemed as blasphemy. We remember another woman that was protected by the compassion of Jesus. The woman who was found committing adultery. She was brought out in public to be killed. Jesus drew a circle of protection around this woman and said the most loving words that have left a place in our hearts. ‘You who have no sin throw the first stone!’ We can’t judge others. When we read the holy scripture was see the compassion of Jesus. That is was the authors longed for us to hear, to know, to mark upon hearts as believers. Jesus death needs to constantly remind us in our present day to look, fight against the injustices that happen to people in our nation, in the world. We need to look closely as believers with the love of Jesus into the systemic injustices that happen around race, gender inequality, homelessness, the environment. All these things sometimes feel bigger than ourselves. It’s the story of Jesus that teaches us on a daily basis how to make small changes in our attitudes, conversations with others, our prayer life that have a larger impact; sometimes than we can ever be able to see in our life time. We are here to bring God’s kingdom here on earth. Jesus with the widow in the temple, Barthamaus the blind man who was given sight, spiritual, physical, the Samaritan woman who was given the gift of living water at the well. All these people of the past who were the outcast of Jesus day, call us to be as Jesus. We never knew more of what happened to Pontius Pilate? Yet we might know some Pilots in our lives that can’t understand the compassion like Jesus we try to give. We can only ask for God’s guidance when we encounter folks who don’t want to get this radical Jesus compassion lived out in our modern time. We pray. We wait on God. We are a friend to all no matter what they do, don’t believe. We listen to everyone’s story. Pilate was engaged with Jesus. What kingdom? Pilate asked. Jesus, my kingdom is not of this world? We can always continue to be creators with God our Creator, helping to heal a world that will always need love, peace, compassion, fellowship.