“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me”
“What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus. We might well hear that question being asked today.
One recent headline stated that ‘We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living lies.’ Another tells us that a prominent politician is known for the lies that he tells. A further article states that a purpose of some international activity is not to promote an alternative truth but to so confuse us that we are not able to identify truth at all. Add to this the different beliefs and philosophies that are current and many will end up thinking that the only truth is that there is no truth.
Jesus didn’t answer Pilate’s question with words but with a definitive action. He walked into a suffering and death that He could have avoided. In so doing He underlined with His blood the revelation that He had given to His disciples – making it stand out in a way that could not be missed.
“I am the way and the truth and the life”
In a world on the verge of darkness He proclaimed Himself as the way forward. In a time when power was the ultimate authority He revealed Himself as the truth that would live through death and into eternity. In an age when life was cheap He stood out as the one and only life-giver and life-sustainer. And when they closed the door on His life in this world He opened the door into life in the next.
Truth is not a statement but a Person. We find the truth about ourselves and the truth about the way forward and the truth concerning the questions of life in Him – and Him alone. Anything else is a passing shadow.
Where people tell us what to believe – He asks us to ‘believe in Me’. Where some direct us along human paths He calls us to ‘follow Me.’ And where others tells us to ‘grin and bear it’ – He invites us to ‘come to Me.” These truths are not for this life only for in the same breath He tells us that
“No one comes to the Father except through me”
Jesus Christ is our Way through this life and our Way to the Father. He is the Truth about this life and of the life to come. And He is Life itself – the wonderful gift of eternal life that begins in this life and carries on into the endless future in the creative and glorious love of God.
As we reflect on His truth and truths under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and build them into our individual and corporate lives, we will begin to see His hand at work – for these are the ways that God will bless.
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
What is truth? – “I AM!”
Lord Jesus please take my hand – and lead me along Your Way through Your Truth and into Your Life without end. Amen.