Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
On trial for His life, Jesus Christ patiently answered the Roman governor’s questions, knowing that He was innocent but knowing that He would be sentenced to death anyway.
The religious leaders wanted Pilate to believe Jesus was a threat—a rebel king waiting to revolt against the Roman government.
But Christ explained that His Kingdom was not of this world—this age (John 18:36). It is not part of this society or this age when humanity is under Satan’s sway, so His disciples would not fight or rebel.
However, when Christ returns, He will put Satan away and begin a new age and new society ruled by the Kingdom of God. He is the King of Kings, and His government will be just and beneficial and permanent.
For more about this, see our section on “The Kingdom of God.”