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 8:21-32
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
- John 18:38a
“…hitherto you have experienced truth only with abstract intellect. I will bring you where you can taste it like honey and be embraced by it as by a bridegroom.”
- C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Jesus said, “I AM the Truth.” The lead in to Pilate’s retort in the form of a question is that Jesus said that He testified to the truth, and those who followed the truth followed Him.
But in today’s climate, there is so much falsehood and so much complacency, is a quest for Truth something that anyone considers these days? Most people are content with watching television and listening to the radio, and letting it fill them with lies.
Diogenes supposedly went by lantern throughout Greece, his trusty dog at his side, looking for an honest man. I doubt if he found one, and he died more than 300 years before Jesus was born, so I know he never found the Truth.
But, Diogenes, the real man instead of the legend, wasn’t well liked in his time, even getting into trouble for being dishonest, and I doubt if he would find an honest man today.
We are starting to see a little movement, in getting back to normal operations in the US. We are still being asked to wear masks, even though most masks do us little good. It is more a show of respect for our fellow man than it is a preventive measure.
But during this time of social distancing, did we do any spiritual ‘nearing,’ or did we lose our chance in finding Truth? What I kept reading in the headlines and in blogs was the hardship caused by not being around friends. This may sound strange, but Steve McAlpine commented in the Panic Room, Episode 24, that he was an introvert and he wanted to stretch out this social distancing a little longer – since his area around Perth, Australia announced that groups of ten can now meet. When he said that, although meant to be funny, I applauded. Silly in that I applauded a video of someone who said what they said a couple of days before I saw the video, but I did. Oh, well, the extroverts have us outnumbered, and they’d never understand anyway.
But if we had not been looking for Truth when we went into lockdown, we would not find Truth if we extended the lockdown. I pray that some did find Truth.
Jesus came to earth, fully-human, fully God. He took our sins upon His shoulders and died on the cross. He rose again from the dead. He sits at the right hand of God the Father. He is Truth, if not for any other reason in that He created the heavens and the earth, all that we see, hear, and touch and the ability to see, hear, and touch. He is the beginning and the end. He is the only Way to the Father. He is the only way for us to have our sins washed away.
If you look upon anything on this earth to attest as being something real. God created it. In considering Jesus as Truth because He created everything, what if I make a no bake cheesecake. It’s real, but what am I in relation to that cheesecake? I “no baked” it. Am I not more real in relation to the cheesecake? The cheesecake would not exist if I had not made it. I know, bad example, not that the analogy is bad, but some of you are drooling just thinking about the cheesecake.
But did you see the point? In anything and everything, when you research the origin and then the origin of the origin, you get to one source, Jesus. He is Truth. And I’ll tell you something else that might blow your mind, He wants to be friends with you. I know! It doesn’t make sense at times, but once you accept Him unconditionally, you will learn what Truth really is.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.