There is an age-old question that is asked by each generation: “What is truth?” We seek it. We crave to know it. We feel the void in our hearts when it is not present.
Scientists have spent countless hours of research to try and prove that their schools of thought and theories have the answers. Historians have chronicled empires and their leaders as they strive after the pursuit of truth. Throughout time it seems that truth has been dictated by the era or by society. In today’s Western mindset, our generation says that truth is fluid: “What is true for you is true for you, but it may not be true for me.” Former Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, posed the question of “What is truth?” to a prisoner of his that was standing trial over 2000 years ago.
Pilate was unaware, but earlier in this prisoner’s life he had actually declared that he, himself, was truth. Seems pretty audacious right? Can one actually declare that he himself is truth? Typically, when speaking of “truth” we are referring to a “what.” However, if this prisoner is telling Pilate that HE is “the truth”, then “truth” is not so much a “what”, as it is a “Who.”
Now, if you’ve grown up in even a nominally Christian environment, you have probably picked up on who the prisoner of Pilate is. His name is Jesus.
Jesus states in the fourth book of the New Testament, John: “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
This is a pretty dogmatic statement. It leaves no room for relativism (the thought process of your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth). Jesus is making a statement that infers absolute truth.
If Jesus is absolute truth, then shouldn’t we (as a generation that seeks to know truth and spends so much time trying to find it) engage our energies and efforts into getting to know Jesus?
Pastor Craig Groeschell made it pretty clear in his sermon series called “True[ish]”- to find out if Jesus really is who He says He is, Craig says, “Seek Him!”. Pretty simple, right? If you want to find out if Jesus is who He says He is, get to know Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him. He will reveal Himself to you. He is not a God of secrecy that delights in keeping Himself hidden from His children. Rather He is a God that delights in being known intimately and is adamant about revealing His glory to the seeker.
You are invited in to know the truth. The invitation is personally addressed to you and is sealed with the blood of Jesus. Experience what Psalm 34:8 says “Taste and see that Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
If you seek and know Jesus, you can testify of what the apostles Peter and John said in Acts 4:20- “we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
They experienced Truth. Have you?