NO FAKE NEWS FROM JESUS
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
“Fake news” is all the rage these days. There was a report at the end of last year indicating that “fake news” was one of the most hated phrases in America. The belief that truth is relative/subjective, however, has been around for a very long time. Even Pilate expressed futility when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Can we ever know truth, absolutely and unambiguously?
We can if, like the apostles, we listen to the Lord. Jesus affirmed that God’s word is truth (John 17:17). Pilate asked Jesus the pointed question “So, You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of truth listens to My voice” (John 18:37). That response prompted Pilate’s ageless question about truth (John 18:38). If only Pilate had realized that truth was standing right in front of him.
Can truth actually contradict truth and still be the truth? It cannot. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6). If we claim to believe that statement, do we acknowledge it in how we live our lives?
Today, where do we seek truth? Does each person have the right to his own truth, based primarily on his own wisdom and experience? If so, life would be completely unlivable chaos. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Life is filled with questions and we all are on a continuing quest for answers, the true answers. God’s word gives us those answers. Do we consult, learn and live the truth we find in it? Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? God’s word tells us. Even the questions arising in our daily lives regarding how we are to think and live in this present day are answered by God in His word.
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation…. Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way…. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:97-99, 104-105).
“If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
You want answers? Can you handle the truth? Trust the Lord, He is the truth!