“ Pilate said, “So you are a king?”Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.” – John 18:37-38.
Pontius Pilate is a well-known name in Bible circles. He was Roman prefect (governor) of Judea during the reign of Emperor Tiberius. We know of him because of his role in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Just before Jesus was crucified on the cross, He was brought before Pilate. After a series of questions by Pilate, Jesus said “… I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” (John 18:37) Pilate responded with “What is Truth?”
Some people think there is no absolute truth. “Truth” for them is simply what they think. People have all kinds of ideas about truth. But is truth just a point of view? Is all truth subjective? Is all truth relative? Truth is not subjective, it is not a consensual cultural creation, and it is not an invalid, outdated, unnecessary concept. People want to find something valuable that they can believe in and trust. People are looking for answers to both their hunger for truth and for the dissatisfaction that results when no answers are forthcoming.
What if truth is a person you get to know and who knows you? This person is Jesus Christ. He is truth. Jesus said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32). He said, “I am … the truth” (John 14:6). We find the truth in God’s Word. The Bible isn’t just here to offer us rules. The Bible offers a relationship with the Truth. John 17:17 says, “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
Don’t let yourself be fooled; eternal truth exists, and it will forever point to Jesus. His word provides sure footing to the truth as we walk through life. Regardless of what people say they believe about truth, the fact is that every day, we live our lives on the basis of things we believe are true. We step onto airplanes that we believe will fly. We flip switches that we believe will bring desired results. We marry the person we think will bring us happiness.
Yet in Jesus Christ we have the most profound truth. He is the only One who can bring peace and joy and the total satisfaction you have been searching for.
- God’s word is not just a truth but the truth: agree or disagree and why?
- What truth or truths do we need to act on this week?