DECEMBER 29

Truth is in Jesus

Bible Reading: Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:24, “The truth is in Jesus.”

In the most unjust trial of history, when God in the person of Jesus was subjected to accusations of evil, Jesus made this bold statement, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into this world–to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37), to which Pilate mockingly responded, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). 

There are no doubt many in our day who’d agree with Pilate’s sentiment.  In the public discourse of these divisive times, many people claim to adhere and speak the truth, only to be met by the contradictory claims of others.  Having no agreement as to where truth is founded, we now live in a day where anyone’s idea of truth is deemed to be truth, even if makes no sense.  Having no sure basis upon which to judge truth, public sentiment and/or the latest media narrative steps in to fill the void.

On the one hand, this should not surprise us, for we live in a time in which mankind is actively working to suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).  On the other hand, we must be careful to exercise diligence in our pursuit of the truth, lest we ourselves become comfortable and acclimated to the kind of skeptical thinking once voiced by Pilate.  Pilate mocked the concept of truth in the presence of the One who embodied it.

Put simply, truth is that which accords with reality.  God is the ultimate reality, since He is the creator of all things.  The pursuit of truth must start with Him.  He is absolute truth and all truth, including His revelation to us through His Word, begins and ends with Him.  The Truth is who God is and what He does.  He is absolutely dependable, bearing no falseness of any kind.  His plans, principles and promises are completely reliable, accurate, real, and factual.

When Jesus Christ became flesh and dwelt among man, His disciples beheld His glory as One who was full of “grace and truth.”  He came to bear witness to the truth and embodied the truth. As He boldly proclaimed, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  The pursuit of truth is a pursuit of Christ.  He also acknowledged God’s Word to be truth (John 17:17).  We should therefore go to God’s word for Truth, reminding ourselves it is Scriptures which bear witness of Him (John 5:39).  He was born into the world to bear witness to the truth and were it not for His intervention, we’d be hopelessly doomed to blindly follow the damning deceptions of the unmerciful father of lies. 

The good news for those weary of today’s contradictory voices is that the truth is not dead.  It’s alive and well! It cries out to those who choose to listen.  The God who is truth “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; John 8:32).  He likewise desires His children to walk in the truth (3 John 1:4).  In possessing Jesus, who is the truth, the child of God is blessed beyond measure.  

To align ourselves with truth, is to align ourselves with Jesus.  To speak the truth is to speak His language.  To walk in truth is to walk according to His example.  It is as Thomas Watson has noted, “Oh! I beseech you, labor to be like God. He is a God of truth. He can as well part with his Deity—as his verity. Be like God, be true in your words, be true in your profession. God’s children are children that will not lie. When God sees ‘truth in the inward parts,’ and ‘lips in which there is no deceit,’ he sees his own image—which draws his heart towards us.”

O COULD I SPEAK THE MATCHLESS WORTH

O could I speak the matchless worth,
O could I sound the glories forth
Which in my Savior shine,
I’d soar and touch the heavenly strings,
And vie with Gabriel while he sings
In notes almost divine,
In notes almost divine.

I’d sing the precious blood He spilt,
My ransom from the dreadful guilt
Of sin and wrath divine!
I’d sing His glorious righteousness,
In which all perfect heavenly dress
My soul shall ever shine,
My soul shall ever shine.

I’d sing the characters He bears,
And all the forms of love He wears,
Exalted on His throne.
In loftiest songs of sweetest praise,
I would to everlasting days
Make all His glories known,
Make all His glories known.

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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