Finding Truth: Before we start, take a few minutes to define “Truth” in your own words.
When we are young children, we learn a lot about the word truth. I remember one day when there were some cookies missing from the cooling rack. The culprit was nearby evidenced by the chocolate on his hands and smeared on his face.
I said, there are cookies missing from the cooling racks, do you know where they are? Of course, the guilty face said, “No”. I don’t remember my exact reply, but the lecture had to do with lying, the opposite of truth.
So, these short little lessons began his education process about truth. What a wonderful feeling it can be when a child starts to understand how important telling the truth is. It is the start of the formation of morals and ethics.
If you ask many people today “what is truth?” what have you heard? I have heard,” it is my truth,” or even, a shrug of a shoulder accompanied by the word, “whatever”.
When asked what they base their definition on, the response it is often, a blank face and “my reality” …”my truth”. It is personal and random. What happens when truth has no universal meaning? Then the law that is based on it is disregarded.
Jesus is truth
As a Christian, I took time to seriously look at these words of John the Baptist in the witness to the identity of Jesus. The Baptist said “Behold the Lamb of God! “
John 1:17, For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
In a book discussing the Gospel of John, author James Boice writes:
“The second aspect of God’s nature that the apostle John speaks of in this verse is truth. John tells us that this too is revealed in Jesus Christ. Truth is a great word in John’s writings, it occurs about twenty-four times. This first reference, and almost every case (including this one) is related to the character of God.”
God defines truth not us
Truth is not about how I define it or how you define it. It is defined by God; it is objective truth (reality). God’s Character tell us about God’s truth. God cannot lie.
Take a moment to think about this. Last week’s topic was Grace, and it too is another Character of God. In reading John’s Gospel, you will find many more of God’s characteristics.
Consider reflecting on finding truth this week
This week take some time to reflect upon how one standard of truth, and grace (God’s standard) give a solid platform to build our lives on.
What would living by God’s standard of Truth be reflected in how you live? Jesus Christ reveals truth for all times. Advent is a time to review the character of God, and what the implications are for our lives.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16. Jesus loves you!
‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20. Jesus wants to talk to you!
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. john 14:27
Receiving rest in truth
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28
And as my grandmother said, “that’s God’s honest TRUTH!”