In February, Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky brought in a speaker named Ravi Zaccarhias (video posted at the bottom of this post). Dr. Zaccharias is one of the greatest defenders of the Christian faith in the world today. He has spoken on college campuses all across the world. In his talk that night, he addressed a topic that has plagued the minds of people for centuries—”What is Truth?” This question serves as such an unbelievable foundation for someone’s worldview. To put it in the simplest of terms—at least in the context of Dr. Zaccharias’ talk—you either believe that there is absolute truth (that is seen in the person of Jesus Christ) or there is no absolute truth at all.
In our passage today, we see Jesus on his journey to the cross. He is sent before the Roman governor Pilate, who interviews Jesus in order to decide if his crime is worthy of the punishment that is coming. They begin a dialogue in verses 33-38 that is so intriguing. Pilate is asking if there is any merit to the rumor that Jesus is King of the Jews, and then Jesus gives an explanation of what His Kingdom actually is.
Jesus tells Pilate His purpose for being in the world:
Jesus answered, “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)
So we must ask ourselves today, “what is truth?” It is clear that Jesus answers that He is the truth. John 14:6 is the most convincing proof of this:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
What does this use of truth really mean for us? Randy Alcorn writes, “Truth is rooted in the eternal God who’s all powerful and unchangeable. Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. It sanctifies (sets us apart) from the falsehoods woven into our sin natures.”
What does this look like practically?
- If Jesus is not your Truth, something else will be. If Jesus is not your guiding point, sin will be. We are being discipled by one message or another. When we are not being discipled by the gospel, we will be deceived by the lure of the world. Are you holding on to something other than Jesus as your ultimate form of truth?
- A willingness to submit to the Truth that is Jesus Christ revealed in the Scriptures is a mark of a true follower of Christ. An unwillingness to submit to Jesus shows a heart of unbelief in a good God who has sacrificed on our behalf and desires our good. Do you believe that God is who He says He is? Does your life reflect that belief?
I dont believe that the question, “what is truth?” came just moments before the greatest event in the history of the world—the crucifixion of Jesus Christ—on accident. With the gospel comes the grace needed to accept that Jesus is the Truth and the power to live your life from that belief.
By: Graham Withers