“Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34
Jesus had been arrested and was brought before Pilate for trial. Pilate did not really want anything to do with Jesus. One of the first things Pilate asks Jesus is if He really is the king of the Jews. Jesus asks him if that was his own idea or from someone else.
Jesus was very popular at this time. People everywhere knew about Him. Many knew Him, or of Him, because of the miracles He had been doing. Many also saw Him as the new king of the Jews.
They remembered the prophecies of the prophets that God would send one to be king and rule over them. While many loved Jesus, there were also many that did not like Him. He was changing their ways of living. Either way a person thought of Jesus, there was lots of talk about it. It was not stated in complete secrecy.
Even today, many people may talk about Jesus. Children are sometimes raised in a Christian home, being told to believe in Jesus. When children get older, often they leave the church, because church was something their parents did, and it was not for them. Believing in Jesus is something the parents believed. The children do not have that belief in their heart. They have not experienced the personal relationship with Jesus.
Who is Jesus to you today? Is He just the One you worship and talk about on Sundays? Is He just the One your friends or spouse believes in? Or is He your personal Savior, and Lord, ruler of your life?
Too many people have all of their belief in Jesus just based off of what others say. You need to have a direct relationship with Him. You need direct realization for yourself as to who He really is in your life.
Are your beliefs in Jesus your own? Or are they just what others have told you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Or just in the lives of others? Is Jesus your personal Savior today?
I pray today that you will see Jesus for who He really is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; and that you will tell others of what you know of Jesus.