What is Truth?
“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate said to him, ‘’what is truth?’’ ( John 18:38)
Eleven of the twelve disciples are credited with being killed because they would not deny Christ. Did the Disciples of Jesus die for a lie? The Christian belief, faith and trust are grounded in the knowledge that Jesus is truth. Jesus came bearing witness to the truth. The truth about mankind and the truth about God. The truth about life and the truth about death. Jesus says that all who are of the truth (His sheep) will hear His voice (come to Him). The voice of the shepherd is the voice that the sheep trust and follow. (John 10:27-28) This truth brings understanding (light) and reveals the way (Jesus) to real and everlasting life. Jesus is all three. I am the way the truth the light. (John 14:6)
Many witnesses testified not only of what they heard, but what they saw, touched and talked to. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1) The unchanging truth they experienced first hand concerning true life, they proclaimed. Jesus came teaching the unchanging absolute explanation of the way we should live (in righteousness) and the values we should hold (God’s morals). This truth is not an evolving truth or one of many truths but the truth for eternity. The Holiness of God is His moral and ethical perfection, His absolute integrity that sets Him apart from all His creatures. As such He cannot lie. It is against His nature. “Thou shalt not lie” does not allow for excuses. “God is not a man that he should lie”. (Numbers 23:19) God is not like us. Proverbs 14:12 tells us “There is a way which seems right to a person, But its end is the way of death.” Following our own sensual instincts for entrance to Heaven is self deception and self destruction. The reality of truth means falsehoods exist. This is largely denied in our modern society particularly in the area of right and wrong. The widespread acceptance of homosexuality, rebellion, and all forms of sin that we see openly in our society today is a verbatim fulfillment of what Roman’s 1 says always happens when a society denies and suppresses the essential connection between God and truth. (Romans 1:18-27)
Jesus had answered Pilate’s question before he asked it. When we listen to Jesus, we hear the truth. Jesus is the voice of truth. The day is coming when only the one real truth will count. It is important to remember that in Matthew 11:29 Jesus said that those yoked to Him will find rest and comfort. To accept and submit to the truth of God is to see clearly, to know with certainty, and to find life everlasting. His commandments are Holy, just and good and filled with His divine love. That’s the truth. Come!
Colby Reeves – member
Evangel Church – Alabaster
SS 9am, Worship 10:15