For Grace & Truth
“What is Truth?” Pilate posed this question to Jesus during Jesus’ trial ~ John 18:38. We find Pilate’s question interesting in light of Jesus’ statement in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” Many people echo Pilate’s question today, “What is truth?” “Where do we find truth?” “Is there such a thing as absolute truth?”
Jesus claimed to be truth. So, we ask, “How did Jesus verify this claim? How did He prove this declaration?” Let’s begin with His claim to be the Son of God. Did He prove that claim? Did He verify that He was the Son of God? What did He say about Himself? Jesus told the leaders of the Jews, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The word ‘temple’ here refers to Jesus’ body. When Jesus made this statement, He was speaking of His resurrection from the dead. Did Jesus raise from the dead? Jesus also made another claim concerning His resurrection from the dead in the same verse. Jesus said, “And in three days I will raise it up.” Notice that Jesus gave His resurrection from the dead a definite time frame ~ three days. Again, the questions, “Did He rise from the dead? Did He rise from the dead in three days?” If He did not rise from the dead in three days, then Jesus is an imposter; a fake; a phony; a pretender. But, if He did rise from the dead and He arose in three days, then He is who He claims to be. The truth is that Jesus Christ did rise from the dead in three days. Therefore, Jesus is who He claimed to be ~ He is truth.
Therefore, everything that He said is true. Notice what Jesus said about the Word of God in John 17:17. Jesus said, “Thy Word is truth.” This means that God’s Word is truth, contains truth, represents truth, and speaks truth. This means that God’s Word can be trusted and followed. We find therefore that the Word of God is absolute truth. The Bible is completely and totally true!
In light of this fact that the Bible is absolute truth, we are challenged to order our lives according to the truth found in the Bible. Will we embrace Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives? Will we maintain a continuous hunger and desire for truth? Will we employ the principles of Scripture into our lives? Will we become a champion of truth? Will we share the greatest truth ~ Jesus Christ? Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)