The Truth that Transforms
Thursday, September 10, 2009

 

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“What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.”  (John 18:38)

                What is truth?  This is probably the second most important question that anyone will ever answer.  And as we explore the fundamentals of the basis of the question, we find why the world and the Church are in such an upheaval today.

                This may be one of the saddest conversations in all of Scripture.  Pilate had all Truth standing before him and he did not even recognize Hm.  The scene began in the statement before, when Pilate half declared and half asked  Jesus, “You are a king, then!”  To which Jesus responded, “You are right in saying, I am a king.  In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”  And of course, earlier that night, at the Lord’s Table, Jesus declared the fullness of that statement when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . .”   What makes Pilate’s declaration/question so sad is his response.  John tells us, “With this he went out again to the Jews and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against Him.’”  In other words, he had Truth standing before him, and because of fear of the people, indifference to the things of God, and a lostness in life, Pilate simply did not recognize it.  And the result?  Christ was crucified and Pilate was forever lost.

                I stated earlier that this is the second most important question anyone ever answers.  The reason that answer was so important in that day and remains so important today is that how we answer dictates how we view the world, how we serve in the Church, and the direction of our soul.  Let me explain by demonstrating the results if you answer, “Christ is the Truth.”  First of all we need to understand why this question is so important.  You see, truth is reality – what is real.  And what we claim as real, dictates what we believe is the best outcome of life, and the best outcome rests on what is good, and when we define what is good, then our quest becomes goodness. 

So then, if Christ is truth for us, we are saying what is really real in the world, the universe, in all of creation is God.  He is the “The Great I AM.”  He and He alone is life.  He was not created because He is eternally existent; He always was and always will be; He is totally self-reliant and needs no other; and that condition never changes.   And if God is our ultimate reality, He will become the centerpiece of our lives.  So then what is best for us and our world becomes what God wants done .  In other words, we want more than anything else for His Kingdom and His will to be done.  And what is that?  What God wants done is that we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that we love one another as Christ loved us.  That then is the ultimate good, loving God and loving one another.  And biblical love, the agapio ushered in by Christ Himself is “desiring the best for the object of our love.”  So the best outcome is desiring the best, first for God, and then for one another -- all because to us, Christ is Truth. 

Can you imagine what kind of world and Church we would have if that were the Christian world view?  Our quest in life is the quest that God will be Holy in our hearts, in our families, in our Church, and in our world – all because Jesus is Truth.  But what are the alternative answers?  Truth is science?  Ah, but that changes every day with new information.  Truth is experience?  Try telling that to a Sudanese.   Truth is philosophy?  Which generation of philosophers?  So you see, real truth  is not truth at all unless it is everlasting truth – and that cannot be found outside of God.

I said earlier this was the second most important question we will ever answer.  And that is because our answer to that question is really only an outcome of how we answer the most important question in the universe.  “Who do you say that [Jesus is]?” is the most overarching question of all humanity.  If you answer, He was a good man, a great teacher, or a good example – then it would be best if you found a half good philosophy and followed that – eat, drink, and be merry for things are not going to get any better.  Your family will be in shambles, your church will be a very messy bride, and your community will be filled with crime, hatred, dissension, immorality, and a very happy Satan (Does this outcome sound vaguely familiar?).  However, if you answer He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God , then  you have found the answer to the second.  He is truth, the ultimate reality, and the ultimate Good is loving God and loving one another –  the world begins to crumble at His feet.  Families are restored, churches begin to live outwardly, communities are changed and even the groans of creation begin to be silenced.  That is the only truth with transforms.


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