Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” John 18:33-35
Pilate is puzzled. He already knows that Jesus did nothing worthy of death but feels the pressure to do something to appease the Jewish leaders. He doesn’t quite know what to think of this man. Perhaps he’s even amused at what’s going on. But whatever the emotion, he knows Jesus is different on a number of levels.
It’s actually the way our lives should be. If people can’t tell we’re “different” from our speech or our actions or mannerisms, we might need to rethink how we do things. These things have nothing to do with salvation, per se. Rather they are about how we live out our faith.