What is Truth?

We are at war.

Our country and world are under attack like never before. We worry about North Korea, as we probably should. But we are already under major attack. Our churches. Jobs. Schools. Marriages. Families. Children.

Just turn on TV and watch the news. Our world is broken. We desperately need a Savior.

We need Jesus.

But we don’t want Him.  We don’t want His authority over our lives. We don’t want God. We want to be our own gods. We want to judge for ourselves what we think is right and wrong. We don’t want a Heavenly Moral Law Giver or His moral law. We want to make the rules and set the standard.

You live by your moral code. And I’ll live by mine.

Mine says your stuff is my stuff, so I steal. Yours says you can take a life, so you kill. His says he can violate someone, so he does. Chaos abounds. Sin runs rampant. Sin begats sin and it multiplies and spreads like wildfire.

We think we can do life our own way. So we do. And it might be fun for a while. But sooner or later, it catches up with us and we find ourselves in a big fat mess, desperate for some relief. Desperate for some freedom.

Only the truth can set us free.

John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

We find the truth when we find Jesus. 

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

When Jesus stood in front of Pilate before his execution, Pilate inquired if Jesus was indeed claiming to be king of the Jews. Let’s eavesdrop on their conversation.

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”  

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews…

 John 18:37-38

Did you catch that?

Pilate stood before the very essence of Truth, and asked life’s most important question to the only One qualified to answer it—but he didn’t even wait long enough to get a response.

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews…

I wonder. Are we any different than Pilate?  At our core, we are all asking that same question. “What is truth?” And at different times in our lives, we too have encountered Jesus. At church. A conference. A devotional. From a friend. Perhaps a book. But have we turned from Him and walked away? Have we gone out into the world and chosen to define our own truth instead?

If you are searching for truth, I encourage you to go to Him and seek Him. Pray and ask the Lord to show you the truth, to make Himself real to you.  But when you ask Him, take the time to wait for the answer. Don’t walk away from Him. Linger. Listen. As He Himself said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 

I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

The Truth will set you free.

Andrei Sakharov said, “I’ve always thought that the most powerful weapon in the world was the bomb and that’s why I gave it to my people, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb but it’s the truth.”

Arm yourselves with the Truth. It is the only way we will win the war.

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