“What is truth?”
Pilate’s question echoes through the ages, more valid than ever in today’s definition-changing society. The answer remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
Truth is not a statement, an idea, or even a movement. Truth is not a concept, an abstract or an ideal.
Truth is a Person – the most fascinating Person who ever walked this earth…
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me…”
Jesus Christ is Truth. And as such, all authority belongs to Him.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven…
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
As one preacher put it, “We were born with our backs toward God.”
The living God created us to glorify Him and communicate with Him. He gave us instructions to be followed that would glorify Him and allow us to experience abundant blessings.
But we rejected Him.
We thought we knew better. We thought He was holding out on us. Instead of being guided by God, we wanted to be God. And as a result, we’ve been going our own way ever since.
That’s what sin is – a transgression of God’s law. Disobedience. Rebellion. Selfishness.
It all started in the Garden. Adam and Eve doubted God and gave in to what seemed like a harmless desire. But as soon as they did, shame burst onto the scene of history.
So what did they do?
…they hid from the Lord God…
And we’ve all been hiding ever since.
John 3:19-21 reveals why people hide from God:
…Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
We avoid God like a criminal avoids the police. We don’t want to be caught. We don’t want to be punished.
But there are consequences for our disobedience, and we will be punished in hell if we don’t turn from our way to God’s way.
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
We are all guilty. And Jesus is the only way to be forgiven, to be cleansed and to be made new.
‘All roads lead to heaven’ is a popular mantra.
It’s completely untrue.
Jesus clearly stated that He is the only way to be reconciled to God, and continued to say that no one comes to the Father unless they go through Him.
Numerous times, this truth is repeated in the Bible.
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.
(1 John 2:23)
The truth is that sin must be atoned for.
And nearly everything is purified in blood according to the Torah, and apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
That’s why Jesus came. To take the sin of the world upon His own shoulders, to shed His blood and to make atonement for sins so that you could be declared innocent and be made new.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
Only Jesus kept the Law – we broke it.
Only Jesus died with literally the weight of the world’s sin on His shoulders – we contributed to it.
Only Jesus shed His innocent blood so that we could be forgiven – we deserved the punishment, but He took our place.
And only Jesus rose from the dead by His own power after three days and three nights in the cold, dark tomb – so that we can have new life with Him.
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
(1 John 5:11)
We’ve all gone our own way. Jesus is the only Way to God.
And He offers us what no one else can: eternal life.
But in keeping with His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
(2 Peter 3:13)
Once we leave this physical body and this physical earth, there are two possible destinations: eternal life or eternal death.
One is filled with joy and delight that we cannot even grasp.
They shall never again go hungry, nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and guide them to springs of living water, and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.
One is filled with torment and agony that we dare not even imagine.
…he will indeed drink the wine of God’s fury poured undiluted into the cup of his rage. He will be tormented by fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb, and the smoke from their tormenting goes up forever and ever. They have no rest, day or night…
Which one awaits you?
A lot of people say hell seems unreasonable. But because God is holy, and sin is rebellion against Him, He cannot leave sin unpunished. The debt must be paid. Justice must be served.
That’s why He sent Jesus.
Jesus took your place, to pay the debt of your sin and to reconcile you to God.
No matter how long you’ve been going your own way, ignoring the truth and heading for eternal punishment, it can all change right now.
To be forgiven, you must believe and repent.
A true belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He provided the payment for your sins will produce true repentance.
Repentance is best described as a U-turn… you’re heading away from God, you realize you’re going the wrong way and you turn around to start heading the right way.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)
Pray from your heart – confess your sins to God, truly acknowledge your need for forgiveness, and believe that Jesus is who He says He is, trusting in Him alone to reconcile you to God, through His atoning death that paid the debt of your sin that you could never pay with good works, rituals or anything else.
When you repent and believe, you are in Christ -God looks at you and sees the perfect life that Jesus lived. Your debt is paid. You are no longer guilty – your sins are atoned for!
And true life is only beginning…
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
…And you will know the truth,
and the truth will make you free.
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