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Daily Reading: 12th January 2016

John 18.37-38 cont.

37 Pilate said to Him: “Then are You not really a king ?”. Jesus replied: “You say that I am a king. It is for this reason that I was born and have come into the world that I might bear testimony to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said: “What is truth?” Having said this he went out again to the Jews, and said to them: “I find no charge against Him.”

When I was 15 an aunt of mine took me into the Law courts in London. It was a fascinating experience, but also quite a shocking one. It is so long ago that I can’t remember what the case was about, but I do remember being very surprised that one of the witnesses was blatantly telling lies. If it was obvious to me, a 15 year old, I’m sure it must have been to the judge and jury.

Jesus said that the reason that He came into the world was to bear testimony to the truth. In stating this he was telling Pilate (and all future generations) that He was not lying. Every word that passed His lips was full of truth.

In the first chapter of his gospel John states:

And the word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1.14. In stating this John was saying that Jesus is reality. Anything that is not real is false, and Jesus was telling Pilate that He is real, and that His Kingdom is an actual fact. It is a certainty that cannot be dismissed as wishful thinking, or ‘pie in the sky’.

Jesus was and is the total opposite of that witness in the Law court, because Jesus is the absolute truth. He is the total and full revelation of the Father.

Paul wrote these words:

For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body – Colossians 2.9 (NLT).

Furthermore God’s word tells us:

God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? Number 23.19 (NLT). Therefore, since Jesus and the Father are One, Jesus could do no other that testify to the truth of God. This means that we can have confidence that all Jesus said is the ‘gospel’ truth.

 

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