“The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160)
Without a doubt mankind continues to make great advancements in technology … building better houses … discovering better methods of treatment in the medical community … designing and creating beautiful clothing, furniture, etc.. It is a really good time to be living.
The fact is … mankind may be advancing the world around itself … but the heart within mankind is still in need of help! What kind of help one might ask? The kinds of help that will help the soul connect with its Maker! The kind of help that can lead to the meaning of real living, real peace and to the hope of Heaven when this short life ends.
One of our greatest concerns should be the world our children and grandchildren are growing up in and how they will deal with the ongoing departure from the truth found in God’s inspired and revealed word! Amen? Amen!
Truth has been relegated in the minds of so many to nothing more than what one person deems truth to be and if challenged or disagreed with … the result whether spoken or not is “well, that’s your opinion!” “Mine is just as good as yours!”
So then, as should be one’s approach to facing any circumstance, situation, problem or challenge in life … what does the Bible have to say about truth? Is there really such a thing as absolute truth?
Now, realizing there are so many who simply yet profoundly reject the truthfulness of the Bible, it can be a serious roadblock to further any open dialogue, but the conversation has to be made!
There are probably some who are unaware that the question, “What is truth?” is actually found in the pages of God’s word. The setting for this question being asked finds Jesus Christ, the Son of God, standing before Pilate, Roman governor of the province of Judea who actually presided over the mock trial of Jesus.
The scene is ripe with application. As Jesus is standing before Pilate, He says to the governor, “… 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.” (John 18:37)
Pilate’s next statement is in the form of a question when he asks of Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) I have often wondered how Pilate must have felt later on in his life and whether or not he ever realized that truth was standing right before his eyes!
An interesting application of this conversation is that following the question posed by Pilate, the text says he chose not to stay for the answer! Isn’t this the way, unfortunately, that many both young and old alike are taking? How sad! How unfortunate! How disappointing it will be in the end when these same folks find themselves standing before the Lord!
Jesus came into this world “to bear witness to the truth” … the truth … not just any truth! And to almost place an exclamation mark after this statement He adds, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Jesus came to embody, demonstrate, reveal and confirm to the hearts of men that truth is God!
Jesus Christ came, lived, and died for anyone and everyone who has an open heart and mind and the desire to know what truth really is! And the beauty among beauties is that those who do find Him don’t need to look anymore!
So, will you choose to be like Pilate and not wait for the answer or will you be one of those who truly recognizes that Jesus Christ is “… the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). It is God who is the Author of truth … it is our responsibility to read it … believe it … obey it … and share it with others!
We cannot give away to others what we do not have ourselves!
Bill Fairchild, Jr.