Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. John 18:38

 

            What does truth mean to you?  Often after a story is told it is followed with, “And that’s the truth.”  Why does it seem necessary to add that saying?  There are so many untruths spoken at times it is hard to know how much or if any of what we hear is truth!  Many lives are brought into misery because they are falsely spoken about.  Friendships are broken because of lies or half-truths.  What brings people to tell untruths about people?   We see jealousy, or envy of those that we know or work with, thinking we are more deserving then the person who received it. Roman 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”  Has this ever become a burden to you?

It seems we as humans are searching for truth; much time, effort, and money is spent attempting to find it.  Looking for truth can never be found in ourselves, or others. We forget the only place where it can be found!  We have departed from our Creator who never lies, and follow after Satan who cannot but lie, because He is the father of lies. John 8:44b, “For he is a liar, and the father of it.”   We need to be made honest to others and ourselves.  This is only possible through Jesus Christ.   Like David in Psalm 51, we must be made to acknowledge our transgressions and sin and flee to Jesus Christ.  Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

When the truth is learned, we become lost sinners with no way of escape from deserved punishment eternally in hell, except in this mediator Jesus Christ.  This makes Him (Jesus) the Truth.  Have you come to see there is no truth outside of Him?  Not to know Him is to be under the dominion of the father of lies, (Satan).   There may be much talk of Jesus and His power to heal but the power to wash away our sins is forgotten.  Our faith is only looking for the miraculous, which is not saving in itself.  This sounds very pious but in reality ends in self and what I believe.  The real miracle happened on Calvary’s cross when the Son of God cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30b), and this was for rebels and enemies.  Psalm 68:18, “Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.”  Jesus said to the woman of Samaria, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10).  She would like that living water so she would not have to come and fill her containers again.  Christ had to make her honest with herself, letting her see this world is not her home, but only a preparation for the never ending eternity that is truth, and it causes us to flee to Jesus:  He is the only one who can give eternal life.  John 17:2, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.”  Have you been made honest to yourself, but above all to God, who knows the heart and the secrets within?  Is Jesus Christ your enemy, or has He been made you a friend by the grace of God?  The answers to these questions are a matter of life or death!

 

Written by: Cornelius VanKempen

 

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