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The Lord, The Truth

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on November 24, 2021

“One April morning early in the first century, a Roman procurator said three words that have echoed through the ages. As the man Christ Jesus stood before him, Pontius Pilate asked, ‘What is truth?’ In response were the Lord’s words, ‘To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth’ (John 18:37)” - (Frank J. Gaebelein, The Pattern for God’s Truth). Concerning the question concerning truth, that answer had already been given in the upper room, when the Lord taught his disciples: “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Therein is one of the most powerful declarations concerning HIMSELF: the Lord is the truth, our truth. However, Christ’s identification with TRUTH does not depend only on John’s gospel affirmation as given. Christ, as THE TRUTH, rests also on every word he preached, on every lesson he taught, every ministry in which he served, every miracle he demonstrated with divine power, every healing for needy mankind, every person he forgave, every heart he encouraged, every life changed, every parable illustrated with heaven’s design, and every divine work that changed the course of human kind, leading up to his redemptive work on the cross. May the question then be addressed to us all, “What is TRUTH to us, personally?”

Just what is truth to us with regard to the words of our Lord: “For this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth?” Concerning HIS cause, let us not forget the words of salvation’s TRUTH SPOKEN, wherein he verified that he himself is “the WAY, and the LIFE” and that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Oh, the saving power of Truth being Jesus, the Savior, the Truth: “In WHOM ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:13). Then, let us not forget the words of TRUTH PRAYED as he knelt before the Father in Gethsemane’s garden. Oh, the sanctifying power of truth; He spoke to the Father on our behalf: “Sanctify them through truth, thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Powerful? Oh, yes, power sufficient for a close, Holy Spirit filled relationship with HIM. Jesus prayed that “they also might be sanctified through the truth … that they may be one, as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” (17:21). Oh, the serving power of TRUTH LIVED; Jesus makes a very interesting addition to his intercessory prayer concerning our witness for him in a life lived in his oneness: “That the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (v. 21). So, the essential matter of Truth to us is powerful: the saving power of truth, the sanctifying power of truth, and the serving power of truth. Jesus was so involved in truth, that for THIS cause he came into the world for our salvation, sanctification, and service. Our challenge then is from the LORD, THE TRUTH himself: “Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37).