What is truth? That is a question that dates back beyond the time of Christ and remained a very real question even in His day. As Jesus stood before Pontius Pilot, Pilot asked Him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). This was a most interesting question at a most fascinating time. Only a short time before, Jesus had been gathered with His disciples in the Upper Room. He had washed their feet. He had instituted the Lord’s Supper. He had said to His followers, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:1, 6). Did you catch that? Jesus said, “I am THE truth.” An HR director was interviewing several candidates for a position in his company. He asked each one a simple question, “What is two plus two?” One candidate replied, “I don’t know but I am happy for the opportunity to discuss this with you.” Another answered, “I am a well trained lawyer, I can cite case law that says two plus two can be four,” A third candidate, stood up, closed the door, shut the blinds, sat back in his chair, leaned forward toward the HR director, and said, “Sir, what do you want it to be?” He got the job! What is truth? That is an important a question in our day. Many in today’s society would reply just like that third candidate for the job, “What do you want it to be?” Whatever you want includes religion, politics, morals, gender, marriage, race, you name it. The only absolute in our culture seems to be that there are no absolutes, or so the world says. Anybody who answers with the truth of Jesus (i.e., God’s truth) is quickly labeled intolerant, racist, bigot, or worse. Paul wrote in Romans 1:19ff, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” Today the idols of our society are success, wealth, prestige, position, power, influence, and the list goes on, but the one thing these all have in common is they are self-centered and not God-centered. So, let’s get to it. What is truth? Truth, the only ultimate reality for everyone in every age, for ALL people, is God is truth! The absolute and unequivocal truth of God has been revealed to you and me in God’s Holy Word, the Bible, and through His Son, Jesus the Christ. This is truth. It is the only truth and everything else is, as Dr. Steve Brown said, “a lie from the pit of hell and smells like smoke.” Ignorance, malice, and arrogance may attack and deride God’s truth but His truth is still truth. The late Christian apologist (defender of the faith) Dr. Francis Schaeffer called God’s truth, “true truth.” I like that. If God said it, it is true. It does not matter if you believe it not. If God said it, it is true! You and I may not know the truth. We may not like the truth. We may be wrong about the truth. We may even try to escape the truth, but God’s truth is still true. His truth is the only “true truth.” The serious nature of God’s truth comes into focus when we consider a few basic facts. For example, God is personal or He is not; God is forgiving or He is not; God is loving, gracious, compassionate, just, holy, righteous, or He is not. Some things are simply true. What is truth? Let’s look at some relevant truths from Holy Scripture. Reality number 1: There really is a God. He exists and He created all things. He is in charge and He is the ultimate authority. Perhaps you read Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. The one great truth, the one “true truth” that jumps out at me in that book is found in these words, “It’s not about you.” Life is not about you or me. Truth is about God and so is life. In other words, we cannot fulfill God’s will and desire as long we are doing what fulfills our desires and our purposes. Rick Warren is right. Trying to do want we want to do and what God’s wants us to do, at the same time, just can’t be done. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24). The reality is there is a God and He is the ultimate authority and ruler over all – including you and me! Reality number 2: God is not silent. That’s right! God is never silent. We may not hear Him or we may not want to hear Him but He is never silent. The author of Hebrews wrote, “1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1-3a). The issue for you and me (really for all people) is this, what is God really like? The good news is, we don’t even have to ask. Why? Because God has already answered that question. He is not silent. He has never been silent. He has spoken through the prophets and the apostles. He has and continues to speak to us through His Holy Word and He has spoken to us through His Son! The reality is, there is a God and He is not silent! Reality number 3: God’s love is irrational. No, I don’t mean God or is love is irrational in the sense we normally understand that word. I mean that God’s love is irrational to our human, finite, sinful, and fallen understanding. To us, God’s love is irrational. Consider the words of Jesus, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5:44-46). Now reflect on Paul’s words, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). What is it that makes God’s love irrational? That fact that He sent His One and Only Son to suffer and die for sinners, for you and me, for the ungodly, for the worthless, for the unloving and the unlovable. God sent His Son to suffer and die for you and me! That is simply irrational. Would you put your child to death for your enemy? I dare say, you nor I would do that but that is precisely what God did. The reality is, God’s love is irrational. We just can’t understand it but it true. Reality number 4: You and I can’t fix it! That’s not what we want to hear. It’s not comforting to us but we can’t fix other people; fact it, we can’t even fix ourselves. As Christians, we are not called to fix our world or our society. We are called to follow Christ. To love Him, to obey Him, to worship Him, and – as we have seen in our Sunday morning messages from Colossians – to know Him and to make Him know. Do you remember how we begin each worship service? We stand together and we pray, “Almighty God…we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.” Then we confess our sins and make our petition to God with these words, “For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. AMEN!” The reality is we cannot fix the world but we know the One who can! Our primary goal in life is to know Him and to make Him known! Through His Son, Jesus, you and I have been commissioned with God’s truth. So, what is truth? Well, it’s not our truth. It’s not my truth or your truth. It not our feelings or emotions or speculations or opinions. It is God’s “true truth” that we are called to embrace and share with the world in which we live. You and I have been commissioned by the Almighty God, the Great King. We have been given His truth and commanded to share it. As a man once said, “You (and I) need to think about that.” God’s peace! Pastor Jim

What is Truth?

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