Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24, 2009

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.'" John 14:6
Truth is still highly valued in our culture even though it is rarely practiced.
We take an oath to "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." We have truth in lending laws and truth in advertising laws because we understand that truth is the foundation of trust and trust is necessary if we are to have a coherent functioning society.
The quest for truth is as old as mankind. For centuries thinking people have asked, "What is truth?" Good question.
When someone asks, "What is truth", I think they are asking three things:
What Is Real?
Truth defines reality for us. Or at least it should. Jesus not only knows the truth, He IS THE TRUTH! Truth is not just a concept or a precept or a principle, it is a Person. Jesus came to earth to make God real to us. Jesus was God in the flesh so we could see Truth, and hear Truth, and touch Truth.
I don't know anything more real that Jesus, do you?
What Is Right?
I believe people still prefer to do the right thing. I think people nowadays have trouble knowing what is right and doing right does not come naturally for us. These days right and wrong are determined primarily by how a person feels about a situation. So right and wrong have become entirely subjective. That is for those who don't believe in Jesus.
Jesus showed us what it means to be right. Right means being right with God. Jesus was not only right, He was righteous and became our righteousness when He died for all the wrong we did. The reason He could die for all our wrong was because He was righteous.
What Is Reliable?
Truth is reliable. It stands. It will be the same tomorrow as it is today. Another word for reliable would be "absolute" - but we don't like that word.
Jesus is reliable. He is "the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow". Who else do you know like that?
When it comes to the truth about how to get to heaven, who is more real, more right and more reliable than Jesus?