Sunday, August 09, 2009

Nothing But The Truth


John 18:28  Jesus' trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn't go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn't be allowed to celebrate the Passover. 29  So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, "What is your charge against this man?"

30  "We wouldn't have handed him over to you if he weren't a criminal!" they retorted. 31  "Then take him away and judge him by your own law," Pilate told them. "Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone," the Jewish leaders replied. 32  (This fulfilled Jesus' prediction about the way he would die.)

33  Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. "Are you the king of the Jews?" he asked him. 34  Jesus replied, "Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?"

35  "Am I a Jew?" Pilate retorted. "Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?" 36  Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world."

37  Pilate said, "So you are a king?" Jesus responded, "You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true."

38  "What is truth?" Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, "He is not guilty of any crime. 39  But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this 'King of the Jews'?" 40  But they shouted back, "No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!"


Truth (tr-oo-th) n. - ???

It seems like a silly question for Pilate to ask but here we are in 2009 and we still cannot get the great minds of the world to agree on a concise definition. Here is what Wikipedia tells us about truth:

The word truth has a variety of meanings, from honesty, good faith, and sincerity in general, to agreement with fact or reality in particular. The term has no single definition about which a majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree, and various theories of truth continue to be debated. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; what things are truthbearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute.

In the gospels there are 68 verses where Jesus uses the phrase "I tell you the truth" seems like we have a source for truth worth looking into.
Here is some absolute truth from the author of truth:
  • God loved
  • God gave
  • We believe
  • We receive
John 3:16 gives us the only truth that we need to base our live upon

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."


Throw away all of those philosophies about truth and hold on to the absolute truth that is found in John 3:16, it's the only truth that matters.


Thank you Lord for this basic truth that we can build our lives upon. Thank you for your Son that died on the cross for me.