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.”
Pilate famously asked the question: “What is truth?”
I imagine that all of us have been in situations where we have been unable to discern the truth. Generally speaking we tend to take at face value what others say to us. There are those occasions when we might be suspicious about what we are being told, especially if we know that they have a history of being untruthful.
We live in a world that seeks to promote its’ own truth, and governments legislate to try and force people to adopt their particular ideas of ‘truth’. We need to understand that governments, philosophers, and policy makers tend to only have their own view of truth, which may be completely false. This has been true throughout the centuries. In Nazi Germany the truth was the annihilation of the Jews, which was and is complete falsehood.
What is Truth?
1 Firstly, the Truth is Jesus. There is no other starting point that will lead us into the truth. Jesus said that He is the Truth. He is the true revelation of the Father. He is the true way to salvation. He is the true way to eternal life.
2 Secondly, Jesus came to open our eyes to reality, which is that we are all sinners. The truth is that we are all going to die. The truth is that it is only Jesus who is able to rescue us from hell. The truth is that if we ignore Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross we have no hope of salvation, no hope of spending eternity with Him and the Father. The truth is all mankind is destined for hell without Jesus.
3 Thirdly, the truth is that the Father desires that all men be saved and come into a knowledge of the truth – 1 Timothy 2.4.
4 Fourthly, the truth is that God does not condemn anyone to hell. People do that themselves by refusing to believe in Jesus. – Those who believe in Him are not judged, those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in the Name of the one and only Son of God – John 3.18.
5 Fifthly, the truth is that if we belong to Jesus we will listen to Him, and the more we listen to Him the more we will be filled with His truth.