INSIDE: The question about what “truth” is has been around for a long time. As Christians, we know the answer. At least we should know the answer. You may need to ask yourself, “Am I taking the Bible seriously? Do I really believe what I say I believe?”
This topic of “truth” comes up over and over again in the Gospels and the letters to the churches after the resurrection. It seems kind of funny that the world would find so much gray area in what “truth” means given that the basic definition of truth is “a fact.” And yet we hear terms like “absolute truth” and “relative truth.” People will say, “what’s true for you is not true for me,” etc.
As Christians, it is incredibly important that we understand what Truth is, particularly in relation to Jesus and the Father. Why would you follow someone who you didn’t believe was being truthful? Why claim to believe a belief that you didn’t believe was true?! In his article Why Being Truth-Driven is so Critical, Piper says, “Not to care about truth is not to care about God…Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God.” He makes a valid point.
If we don’t believe what the Bible says is the Truth, why bother claiming to be Christian at all?!
The Passion of the Christ is recorded in all four Gospels, each giving slightly different details of Jesus’s journey to the cross. In summary, Jesus celebrated the Lord’s supper with the twelve disciples, where He foretold of Judas’s betrayal. He then took the men to the Garden of Gethsemane. and prayed that, if there was any other way, the Lord would take this cup from Him. But He knew that His life was meant to glorify His Father and accepted God’s will for Him. (Luke 22:39-46)
Jesus was arrested by the Jewish officers and then taken to the High Priest. Caiphas has already told the Jews it would be “expedient” for Him to die. Even as this religious leader condemned Jesus, he understood that His death was convenient and practical although possibly immoral. The Romans had taken away the Jewish leaders’ ability to punish by death so they had to seek the governor’s approval on the matter.
That brings us to this conversation with Pilate.
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”John 18:33-38 English Standard Version
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. 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.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’”
Can you just hear the sarcasm dripping from Pilates tongue as he responds to Jesus?
During the 60 Day Journey through the Bible Challenge, we have tackled some hard sections of the Bible and have come to a conclusion:
Christianity is not just a “feel-good” religion.
Jesus is not a genie in the bottle that grants your wishes when you ask Him too. There aren’t miracles and blessings jumping out at us around every corner just because we claim to have faith.
Living like a Christian, as we read in Matthew 5-7, is to live to a standard that is much higher than that of the world. We are to measure everything around us and in us to God’s standard of complete perfection. We are called to sacrifice and to be sanctified through trials so that we can become more holy, like Jesus. Jesus commands us to live in the world but not of it and we are sure to suffer for that.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”John 17:18-19 English Standard Version
Why would you go through all of that if you didn’t believe that what Jesus says about Himself?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6 English Standard Version
The answer Pilate’s question is this:
The Truth is that Jesus alone is Son of God and the mediator between God and man. It is because of His crucifixion on the cross and our belief in His resurrection from the dead that we receive forgiveness for our sins and will have eternal life with the Father in heaven.
There is no other way.
No other religion.
No other god.
Jesus is the only way. That is Truth.