what is TRUTH?
By its very nature, TRUTH is exclusive, always relevant, and never relative. Think of it this way...you may not believe in gravity but that doesn't change what happens when you jump out of an airplane. Gravity isn't "subjective"--our personal feelings and opinions won't change the direction of fall no matter how much we desire to tailor our experience. And you can no more find your own personal truth than you can find your own personal gravity. You may think you have--you may even be convinced that you have, but you haven't. Believing that I'll fall towards the earth when I jump out of an airplane isn't what makes it so. It's gravity that makes it so, whether I believe in it or not. The question you must ask yourself is this--"Is what I believe true?" You must ask this question and not forfeit the answer.
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in the truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:17-21
Jesus said, "I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me" (John 14:6). He said this in response to Thomas who had just asked where Jesus was going and how they would know the way. This exchange took place in the upper room on the eve of Jesus' crucifixion as He reclined at the Passover table with His friends. Judas had already departed on his one-way mission of betrayal, "Satan having entered into him" (John 13:27). What follows is known as the "Upper Room Discourse" (John 13 through 17). Don't be intimidated by the name. Jesus is simply using the occasion to inform, prepare and equip His remaining eleven disciples for what is to come. Eleven remarkably ordinary men who will carry truth--"the gospel once and for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3)--into the world. It is here that Jesus also reveals that the Father will send a "Helper" (John 14:16), "that is, the spirit of truth" (John 14:17)--the "Holy Spirit" (John 14:26). As the conversation in the upper room draws to a close, Jesus and His disciples prepare to depart for a time of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Before they leave, Jesus prays. (John 17) He petitions the Father to sanctify, or "set apart" His disciples, both then and now, in the truth (John 17:20). Did you catch that? Jesus is praying for ALL who would believe and follow Him, not just the eleven present that night. And Jesus tells us exactly what truth is. "Your word is truth." (John 17:17). There you have it. The apostle John, who was one of the eleven present and therefore an eyewitness to these events, provides the answer in black and white. So, what is truth? The Word of God is truth. It's no accident that John's gospel by the same name introduces Jesus with these words: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1).
Early the next morning following His betrayal and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Word who became flesh (John 1:14) appears before the Roman pontiff. After a brief exchange of words, Pilate, knowing the accusation levied by the Jews, brazenly asks Jesus, "So You are a King?" Jesus answers, "You say correctly that I am a King. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." (John 18:37) Never mind Pilate's famous question that immediately follows--"What is truth?" We already know the answer and apparently he was asking rhetorically, not expecting a reply. He certainly didn't bother to wait for it. A practical man with the burdens and responsibilities of governance, Pilate, like many people then and now, was disenchanted with the philosophy and religiosity of his day. His problem was that he didn't grasp the gravity of his situation. Pilate was standing in the very presence of Truth!
Jesus had just told him that He had come into the world to testify to the truth. In fact, He also said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. That no one comes to the Father but by Him. If you had known Him, you would have known His Father also. From now on You know Him and have seen Him (John 14:6-7). There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:14-15). Yes, truth is exclusive, always relevant, never relative. So, is what you believe true? Jesus claimed to be the truth. Is He? Do you hear His voice? (John 18:37). Find a Bible and read the book of John, then read the book called Romans.
Maybe this doesn't make sense to you or maybe you don't care. Either way, you only have two choices: Reject Him or pursue Him. You must find out exactly why Jesus matters before you do either one. I'm not presenting a false dilemma--read John 3:16-18 then Click HERE to see how you stand before God. Do it now, you are not promised tomorrow.
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