TRUTH. Many people in the world say they want the truth. Most people in dire circumstances cry out for truth. But do we really want truth? Can we handle the truth? Knowing the voice of Truth who is Truth might upset our normal. Yes, friends, Truth may upset the apple cart of our lives and tell us to make a complete turn from who we are now to who we were created to be. Truth includes knocking off all the rough edges until we become more and more like Truth. Truth is Jesus, the very Person of Truth. Knowing Jesus is knowing Truth. Truth cannot be changed or altered to fit into our lives. Truth changes our everyday lives to be more than we ever imagined! Truth is Life. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6) The order of these words implies that following Jesus will lead the Way to Truth which gives Life eternal!
Even before Pilate asks the question, (we all ask at the crossroads of our lives), “What is truth?”, Jesus tells him clearly. “I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” Read that again.
There we have it. Believers in Jesus enter a life with Truth by our side. Truth guides how we live. Truth gives purpose to our lives. Truth provides meaning and significance. Truth is wrapped up with unconditional love, great patience for our imperfections, full of grace, mercy and complete forgiveness. Truth replaces worries, fears and doubts with joy and peace right in the middle of our uncontrollable circumstances. How? Because Truth is in control at all times. Truth brings assurance of the hope we have in Truth. Truth saves our souls, makes us right with God, our Creator, grows our character to imitate Truth and fills our being with all of Truth in us. “Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” Jesus is Truth.
Whether we choose to believe Truth or not. Truth just is. We can’t change it, color it, or delude Truth. Truth is Jesus. Jesus is the same yesterday, now and forevermore. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus is Truth. Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation’s cleansing that reconciles us to God and allows us to enter the throne of God boldly. I choose Truth, how about you? Truth is the only way to real Life!
John 18:28-40, The Message
The King of the Jews
28-29 They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning. They themselves didn’t enter the palace because they didn’t want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and spoke. “What charge do you bring against this man?”
30 They said, “If he hadn’t been doing something evil, do you think we’d be here bothering you?”
31-32 Pilate said, “You take him. Judge him by your law.”
The Jews said, “We’re not allowed to kill anyone.” (This would confirm Jesus’ word indicating the way he would die.)
33 Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. He said, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own, or did others tell you this about me?”
35 Pilate said, “Do I look like a Jew? Your people and your high priests turned you over to me. What did you do?”
36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.”
37 Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?”
Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”
38-39 Pilate said, “What is truth?”
Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, “I find nothing wrong in this man. It’s your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the ‘King of the Jews’?”
40 They shouted back, “Not this one, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.
THINK ABOUT IT…With grateful praise!
Jesus is Truth who is waiting to save us and help us know God more and more. Jesus says that believers will hear His voice of Truth. In the millions of decisions we make each day, from tiny to terrific, may Truth be the source who guides our responses and behaviors.
Instead of centering on those who refused Truth and ordered Jesus’ death, spend more time thinking on who Jesus is—He is Truth. Truth laid down His life for ours. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Choose Truth every hour of every day.
In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen. I believe.