Sep. 20, 2019

Finding Truth

As recorded in John 14, Jesus declared that He is the Truth.

John 14: 5-9 NIV

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

 

These verses indicate that the Truth was right in front of Thomas and Philip. But they did not comprehend who the Truth really was. They seemed to be looking for ‘more’ in order to understand. Or as Philip said, in order to be satisfied we need just a little more.

Isn’t that just like humanity? You may have heard that when John D. Rockefeller was asked how much money was enough, his response was, “A little bit more.” Mr. Rockefeller was a very wealthy man but still had a yearning for more.

Many, many people want the Lord to convince them to the point that all their doubt about who He is, is totally removed. While the Lord wants us to trust and believe the evidence that has already been presented.

Why is it that the satisfaction we have is so short-lived? Why is it easier for people to believe the evening news but they resist what the Bible says? Or what the preacher says? Concerning the things of God, it seems to be a common human trait to want more explanation, more proof, more time to mull it over, more collaboration, more witnesses and more confirmation. Why don’t we just believe the Truth?

The Greek word for ‘truth’ in John 14:6 is aletheia. This is what it means:

 truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness. (definition from Biblehub.com)

This one verse (John 14:6) answers a lot of the questions people often have about the spiritual journey. How do I get where I need to go? Jesus is the Way. Following Him, accepting and adopting His teachings and His example will get us where we need to go. Following His way requires knowing His way. It is vital that we seek Him. Study is necessary. He left us a users manual called the Bible. A lot of what He said and taught and did is recorded there. It is good to fellowship with other believers and hear their thoughts and experiences. But it is essential that each one of us go directly to the Source. If you want to learn about a product wouldn’t it be fascinating if you could actually get firsthand information from the one who produced it? You could find out why they made it and how they intended for it to be used. You could ask questions and get specific, genuine answers from the originator. We have that opportunity. The Lord speaks through His Word, the Bible. He speaks through His Holy Spirit and He speaks through those who know Him.

Jesus is the Way. Following the path that He has established will never lead you astray. You won’t ever get lost if you allow Him to guide you.

Jesus is the Truth. Every word He speaks can be totally relied upon. We never have to question His information for validity. He is always absolutely correct in every context and in every situation. Not only can His words be trusted but also His motives and His methods. Everything about Him is Truth. He will never give us incorrect information. He will never give us less than His best for us. He will never do anything to damage us. If people who struggle with believing the Lord always has their best interest in mind, could just get the essence of this one verse solidified in their hearts and spirits life would be so much easier.

Finally, Jesus is the Life. He is the vitality that allows us to live. Any person existing on the earth without Jesus is dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2: 1-5 NIV

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 

 

God the Father made provision for us to be made alive through Jesus even before we knew anything about Him. Before we repented, before we started thinking about Him, He had already made a way for us to have abundant life through His Son.

John 10:7-10 NIV

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The title of this writing is “Finding Truth” but we really don’t have to find Jesus. He isn’t lost and He isn’t hiding. He is out in the open for all the world to see. Much of the Bible is about Him. Read it to get to know Him or understand Him better.

Psalm 40:7-8 NIV

Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

All we have to do is seek Him. Pursue Him. Follow Him and accept, receive all that He has for us. Jesus is the Way. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Life. When we follow His Way, His Truth is revealed and we gain Eternal Life.