Advent Flow #21 - NAME OF GOD: The Truth
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
– John 8:31-32 NIV
NAME OF GOD: The Truth
by Rosalie Lund
I love puzzles; I like putting things in order, figuring things out through logic, finding the true answer. Also, as a kid (and sometimes now) I loved watching game shows. One of my favorites was To Tell The Truth. This was the show where a panel of celebrities (usually comedians) would try to discover which of 3 contestants were telling the truth about their occupation, distinction, or talent by asking them questions and deciding whom to believe. That’s a big part of what we do all the time in life. And it’s what each of us must do in making a decision about Jesus.
What is Truth?
- Some dictionary definitions:
- that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
- a fact or belief that is accepted as true.
- the body of real things, events, and facts
- actuality; the state of being the case
How does this apply to Jesus?
Randy Alcorn says, “Truth is far more than a moral guide. Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t say He would show the truth or teach the truth or model the truth. He is the truth. Truth personified. He is the source of all truth, the embodiment of truth and therefore the reference point for evaluating all truth-claims.” (Jesus.com How is Jesus “the Truth”?)
So, Jesus is our reference point for knowing the truth because He is the Truth. Truth is that which conforms to reality as it is perceived by God. He knows all things exhaustively, and so we can trust anything He reveals in Scripture. Truth is not defined by our own subjective standards; it is determined by the Source of truth Himself.
What does Scripture reveal to us?
Psalm 119:142 says, “Your law is the truth.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded His listeners of several points of the Law, then said, “But I say unto you . . .” (Matthew 5:22, 28, 32, 34, 39, 44), thereby equating Himself with the Law of God as the authoritative standard of righteousness. In fact, Jesus said that He came to fulfill the Law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17). Jesus, as the incarnate Word of God (John 1:1) is the source of all truth.
In these words, Jesus was declaring Himself the great “I Am,” the only path to heaven, the only true measure of righteousness, and the source of both physical and spiritual life. He was staking His claim as the very God of Creation, the Lord who blessed Abraham, and the Holy One who inhabits eternity. He did this so the disciples would be able to face the dark days ahead and carry on the mission of declaring the gospel to the world. Once they understood the truth of His words, they became changed people, and the world has never been the same.
So how do we follow Him today?
The same way the disciples did. They heard the words of Jesus and believed them. They took His words and obeyed them. They confessed their sins to Jesus as their Lord and God. They believed that He died to take the punishment of their sins and rose from the dead to give them new life. They followed His example and command to tell others the truth about sin, righteousness, and judgment. When we follow Him in this way, we can be assured of following Him all the way to heaven. (Source: gotquestions.org/way-truth-life)
Ponder these things in your heart:
How will I -
- Hear the words of Jesus?
- Believe and obey Jesus’ words?
- Confess my sins to Jesus (God)?
- Follow Jesus’ example?
- Tell others the Truth?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to show us the Truth that you are. Allow Holy Spirit to guide us into that Truth, and help us to believe and obey so that we may live free from guilt and shame. Lead us to where we can show others the Truth that is You, Jesus. Amen.