“Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness 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 fault in Him at all.”
John 18:37-38 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV
As I read in John chapter 18 this morning, I was reminded of the ongoing battle prevalent today, where biblical truth, runs headling into the nebulus, ever changing personal truths common today. In these times, people seek to proclaim their own truth, or more precisely, whatever they are feeling at a given moment. As a result, the idea of truth, absolute truth is lost.
To stand in the public square and proclaim absolute truth is to labeled judgemental, narrow minded, a threat to the status quo. When Pilate questioned Jesus, he was very aware of the type of environment where truth is a commodity, to be bought and sold based on goals and aspirations of each person.
We have become a culture embracing the convenient truth, that upholds our beliefs and offers little challenge to the status quo.
Jesus had spent three and half years challenging the convenient truth, and the religious authorities who used it for their gain, in wealth and power. Because He brought the truth of God, people had begun to listen, and they could see the difference between the self serving truth of the Pharisees and the truth this simple, humble Man from Nazareth was espousing. His words reflected the heart of God, as He was God in the flesh and had full authority.
We are living in a time when many who profess to be Christian, are eager to separate themselves from the unyielding truth of the Word of God, to twist the meaning of Scripture to fit their own views, rather than having their views determined by what the bible says. They scoff at those who hold true to the Scriptures, labeling them as backward, lacking the progressive bent to be up on the times.
The Word of God is never changing, as it is the standard on which we live. Though we think that there are new things, new cultural realities, in reality there is nothing new. All that we experience will be experienced again and again. There are no new temptations, only the same ones that have ensnared people since the garden of Eden.
“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
I John 2:16 NKJV
If we are the vessels of our own truth, we are like anchorless ships, adrift and heading toward the rocky shore. The truth that resides in us is changing, and conditional. We must have an eternal truth in which to base our lives.
Pilate was the product of a world where truth was subjective, different for everyone, relative. The core of our world is based on universal themes, regardless of who the people are, where they live, or anything else. The truth of God is written into creation, into the very code of every created thing and every human heart. All are creations of a loving God who put everything into being.
“Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.”
Job 41:11 NKJV
Because we are of God’s creation, His truth is the only one that counts. The goal of the ministry of Jesus was and is to bring the truth of God to the world. The world we live is the product of the great liar, the serpent of old, the devil. He deceived Eve in the garden by twisting the truth of God’s word, thus bringing death and suffering into the world.
Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to take creation back, to restore the truth and the order that comes through it. Our world is sorely in need of this today, as individual vessels of truth are crashing into each other and being destroyed.
I will tell you that standing for the truth could get you killed.
The history of God’s people is full of men and women who went to their deaths proclaiming the truth of God’s word. The stood and delivered. Even today there are many who bring the Gospel into hostile lands and face he the very real possiblilty of prsion and even death. But they still go and share.
“Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”
Hebrews 11:36-38 NKJV
It would be easy to be quiet, to accept the prevaling truths filling the media and everyday conversation, but I would be, in essence a liar. I would be lying by omission, as I was witholding the truth that could set people free.
I think of the lepers in II Kings 7:8 who knew that they would be rejected and maligned as they approached the city’s gate, but they knew that they must do the right thing, and tell of the great spoil of food to feed the people.
“Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.””
II Kings 7:9 NKJV
My brothers and sisters, let us go forth and share the Good News, the truth of John 14:6, that Jesus is the only way to God.
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