Along with religious interpretations, every story in the New Testament is a model of natural law.
Religious interpretations abound. My interpretation is in no way in conflict with those. The secular interpretation can be explained in terms of the way life works. The following is a model of natural law
This is from John: 18
7 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
When Pilate asked, “What is truth?”, he wasn’t being flippant. The truth was not anything meaningful to him.
Pilate had lots of power. What does that alone tell us? Since power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, Pilate was indeed corrupt. Since he was confused by any meaning of the word truth, that is of special significance. That means he was evil.
What is evil other than being completely cut off from the light? There was nothing in Pilate’s life that did not constitute living a lie.
Is this not relevant in our world today? We elect leaders. The more power we give them, the more corrupt they are.
Is it not interesting that history’s worst despots come from the pool of world leaders?