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What is Truth?

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

When Jesus stood before Pilate, He said, “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?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him." Pilate had stared into the eyes of truth and found no fault in Him (John 18:33-40). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). So, He not only spoke the truth, lived the truth, and bore witness to the truth, He is the very embodiment of truth. In our endeavor to know Him better our faith should not be founded on what we understand and perceive, but rather in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He told his disciples, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves,” many of them thought this was a difficult statement, so they withdrew and walked with Him no more. Jesus then said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” His response was one of a commitment to Jesus being the Holy One of God, not to his understanding of what Jesus had just said (John 6:41-70). Obviously neither Peter nor the other apostle, had a clue at the time of what He meant but they knew the words were eternal. And because most remained with Him, they later received revelation concerning what had been spoken that day. John the Baptizer had questions and doubts even after he declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God and the Son of God. “Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, 'Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?' Jesus answered and said to them, 'Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me” (Matthew 11:2-6). Jesus was saying that John would be blessed if he would not stumble over the way He was doing things. Our challenge is to not be upset if God does not do things our way, but instead, entrust ourselves to Him regardless of our circumstances or our ignorance. Are there things you know and believe today that you did not exactly understand about Jesus five years ago? If the answer is yes, how did you make the adjustment in your thinking to be open to hear and accept something beyond what you knew? It was by trusting God, not by leaning on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Is it possible you may know and believe things five years from now things that you do not exactly understand about Jesus today? If the answer is yes, let’s be like the Bereans who were more noble-minded than those of Thessalonica, for they received the word from Paul with great eagerness examining the Scriptures to see if these things were so. They were eager to change - not resist it. In the same way, we will continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:1) by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). The important thing is to remember that trusting in Christ leads to more truth about Him and from Him. As it says in Ephesians 4:21, “…We have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus.”

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