What Is Truth

“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
John 18:37

“What is truth?” This was Pontius Pilate’s response to Jesus’ statement recorded in John 18:37.

Pilate may have meant it as a rhetorical question – especially since Jesus’ doesn’t answer it.

But it is a great question that needs an answer.

Thankfully, Jesus does provide an answer.

Jesus is the answer.

He tells Thomas that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

The truth is that Jesus is the promised Savior from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

First promised in the Garden of Eden as the one who would bruise the head of the serpent (the devil) (Genesis 3:15), Jesus was promised as the one through whom all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:3); would be the one who was a king (Genesis 49:10); would be a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15-19); and the prophecies keep piling up in the Old Testament.

Jesus Christ fulfilled them all. He is the truth!

Pilate wasn’t really interested in the truth. But we certainly are!

We want to know the truth – the truth of our existence, the truth of our purpose, the truth of love, life, and happiness.

But we live in strange times. The devil, while defeated, is not giving up in taking down as many of us as he can before Jesus Christ comes back to end his reign of sin once and for all.

And one of the most insidious attacks Satan has successfully pulled off was to cause the doubt of truth.

This is summed up in the song lyric from a progressive rock band named Rush:

Truth is after all a moving target
Hairs to split
And pieces that don’t fit
How can anybody be enlightened?
Truth is after all so poorly lit
(lyrics by Neil Peart, © 1987 Mercury Records © 1987 Anthem Entertainment)

This is accepted as fact by so many people – that truth is relative, a “moving target,” and “poorly lit.”

But it isn’t, not really. Jesus Christ is only poorly lit if we do not proclaim him and share him, and love others!

Jesus is the truth. He has come to forgive all the sin of all people of all time. The One Holy Christian and Apostolic Church (3rd Article of the Apostles’ Creed) is given the task by Jesus Christ to tell other people this Good News!

Jesus Christ is the truth. And the truth is love! The truth is not found in the media – the news reporters and channels. The truth is not found in the government – the White House, Congress, or Governor’s Mansion. The truth is not found in the sun, moon, or stars.

The truth is found only in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The truth is lived in love, not in hate, not in disagreement, debate, or dissension.

“What is truth?”

It is Jesus. It is in us. It is our life and our love.

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