DayBreaks for 2/12/2019: I AM #2: The Truth
John 14:5-6 (ESV) – Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”
Webster’s says truth is “the body of true statements and propositions.” It seems we live in a time when truth is an endangered species. It has been taught in universities and colleges for long enough now that people believe truth is relative – that we each can have our own truth. Not even Webster’s agrees with that.
Jesus claims that he is literally the truth – not just that he told the truth. I like how the Webster’s definition fits with that statement. Jesus literally embodied and encompasses all truth. He didn’t bend the truth to make listeners more comfortable or to avoid conflict. He spoke the truth tenderly to those who were fragile, but forcefully to those who should have recognized truth.
In my experience, everything Jesus ever said is true. The Sermon on the Mount, the other discourses all are true statements when properly understood.
Think about what life would be like if Jesus were a liar. What, then, would you hang your hopes for life on? Your own truth? How many times has your own “truth” failed you? Mine has failed me more times than I can count!
Truth is absolute. It is not relative. It deals in the realm of facts, not hyperbole or guesses. It doesn’t vary from person to person. Our perceptions of say, a car accident, may vary, but the true facts don’t change with the telling of the story.
Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, and since he is the truth, that means that the truth he taught and his apostle taught under inspiration never change, either. And that’s a comforting thought!
PRAYER: Help us see and understand the truth that is embodied in you, Jesus, and not be fooled by our culture. In your name, Amen.
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