WHAT IS TRUTH?
One of the most well known scenes in the Bible is Jesus Christ standing before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Though Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and desired to release Him, he eventually caved to the pressure and condemned Jesus to crucifixion. That day Jesus, though innocent, would die for the sins of the world. As Jesus stood there, shortly before He died on the cross, the following dialogue took place:
Pilate therefore said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.” John 18:37-38
Today, Pilate’s question to Jesus has great relevance – “What is truth?”
If someone were to ask you that question, how would you answer? It is amazing to consider that the Roman Procurator was able to ask one of the most important questions of life to the One who claimed “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). But sadly, Pilate didn’t wait and listen to the answer. Although Pilate’s later history is shrouded in some mystery, Eusebius (an early church historian) reports that Pilate was exiled to the city of Vienne on the Rhone in Gaul (France) where he eventually committed suicide. How tragic! Apparently just a few years after this encounter with Jesus Pilate committed suicide and entered into eternity. It is an interesting and penetrating thought that on that day the tables would indeed be turned and Jesus would sit on the Judgment Seat judging Pilate!
Searching out the question “what is truth?” is so very important. But truth is so obscure today. Many are spreading the lie that truth is relative, but it is not. God’s word is truth and it answers among other things questions regarding human origin, what standards we are to live by, what will happen to us when we die and how we can be saved. Knowing the God who made us gives us meaning and hope. God’s Word (the Bible) tells us all we need to know about God’s plan, His character, His righteousness and His awesome love. The Bible foretold the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ who fulfilled scores of prophecies, many of them written hundreds of years before He was ever born. The following information provided is devoted to an explanation of the Gospel (the “good news”), the truth of our condition before God and the awesome remedy He has provided through Jesus Christ. Please consider carefully the words that follow:
•We have all broken God’s law and therefore stand guilty before Him:
The Ten Commandments clearly show us that we all fall short. If we’ve told one lie, put a possession, relationship, or activity before God, lusted in our heart, taken God’s name in vain, dishonored our parents, stolen anything (no matter what the value), coveted another’s stuff or spouse we are guilty. Let’s face it, when we look at the Law it shows every human being walking the face of the earth that we have violated God’s standards.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (NIV)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. (NIV)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
•Men and women are separated from God by sin:
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; (NIV)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (NIV)
•The good news is that Jesus Christ lived the perfect life that we could never live. He fulfilled the law. He then died on a Roman cross to pay the penalty for our sin with His own blood. He died in our place:
1 Pet 3:18
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, (NIV)
•Jesus is the only way to be saved and avoid eternal judgment:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)
•We must believe (trust in The Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross) in order to be saved:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (NIV)
•We must confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV)
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
•Repent (or turn away) from your sin and turn to God through Jesus Christ:
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (NIV)
•Receive Jesus into your life as your personal Savior and Lord:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV)
Suggested Prayer: Lord Jesus come into my life. I know that I am a sinner, but I thank you for dying for me and rising again from the dead. I turn away from (repent) my sins and trust You as my personal Savior and Lord. Please forgive me of my sins, wash me clean and renew me by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
•If you come to Jesus, He will never let you go:
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (NIV)
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (NIV)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)
I John 5:11-13
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”(NIV)
Finally, one of the wise decisions we MUST make after receiving Jesus Christ into our lives is to plug into a local church fellowship where we can be loved, nurtured, trained, serve and be accountable.
We are excited about what God has in store for you and we encourage you to develop four important new habits so that you can continue to grow in the Spirit.
•Read your Bible daily.God’s word is our source of spiritual food and provides strength and direction for us in all matters of life.
•Pray.Let your prayers be a two-way communication wherein you bring your requests to God and where He can speak to your heart.
•Find a church where the Bible is taught faithfully.Where you fellowship will have a tremendous impact on your spiritual growth and maturity.
•Share your faith with others. In doing so, you will be strengthened as a believer and others will hear the “good news” of Jesus Christ.
Our hope is that you will read the Bible daily, pray to God daily and walk with Him daily and in so doing find true life.
We would like to invite you to our fellowship Sunday Morning Worship is at 8:30 and 10:15 AM. If you live out of our area we encourage you to call or e-mail us so we can recommend a good church near your home.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Michael Lantz
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (NAS