Since I am new at blogging, I thought I would start with a light and simple topic: What is Truth?
Well maybe it isn’t all that light and simple, but it sure is basic as a life’s reference.
The picture below shows one of the great dramas of all time; Jesus on trial before Pilate.
Jesus had been arrested by the religious leaders of the day and charged with blasphemy, for he had said that he was the Son of God. By all Jewish law, nobody could say such a thing without suffering death… unless of course he was telling the truth, but that possibility had not occurred to anyone. They found him guilty and sent him to the Roman governor, Pilate.
Now Pilate didn’t want any part of this situation, for as far as he was concerned, Jesus was not his problem. He was uneasy with the crowds in town for the Passover which would begin at sundown; it was a security nightmare for him. So here he is with an innocent man on his hands and a mob outside demanding that this innocent man be executed: Great!
Pilate tries to find a reason to let Jesus go… to no avail. The Jewish authorities had made a serious accusation against Jesus to put Pilate into a corner; they claimed that Jesus had committed treason against Rome by declaring himself to be the king of the Jews. So Pilate asked Jesus if he was the king of the Jews. Jesus makes an astonishing reply when he says, “Is this your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?”
Can you imagine being on trial for your life and talking to the judge like that? Obviously Jesus was in control of the situation.
Pilate’s answer shows his frustration with the situation: “Am I a Jew”?… What is it that you have done?”
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Then, in utter frustration, Pilate asked the ultimate question; the question that every human being who has ever lived long enough to understand it has asked: “What is truth?” (full text John 18)
Can’t you just see old Pilate throwing up his hands at this point?
“What is truth?”
Pilate had no way to have known it, but Jesus had answered this question the previous evening when he said to his disciples, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)
Pilate did not know that Jesus Himself embodied Truth, for He is the everlasting Word of God:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:1-5)
Jesus is the light, the word, the way, the truth and the life. For a Christian to walk through this life in the path of the Lord, he must understand this, for only this level of understanding will keep him from falling away from “The Way, The Truth and The Life” Thus we can truly state that the first and most important Reference in the Christian life is understanding that Truth is Jesus Christ.