Jesus Displays Truth
by Allyn Ricketts
A Pastor was once given a pie by a parishioner. It was bad. After one taste by the family members, it was quickly tossed in the garbage. But a few days later, as you would expect, the parishioner asked how he liked the pie. He responded, “A pie like that does not last long in our house.” Likewise, a husband was given a cake by his wife—it was also bad. When she asked him about it he said, “I must say this is the best cake I have ever eaten.” Both of these may be polite answers but they play pretty loose with the truth. The give a false impression to match our desired ends.
JESUS CLAIMS TO BRING TRUTH
In John 18 we see Jesus claiming to bring the truth: real truth. Here we are at the end of Jesus’ life and he tells us why he came to this world in the first place. Pilate did not get it because he may have known justice but he did not know truth. Jesus came to bring the truth, to be a witness to the truth. John’s gospel portrays truth as an absolute, a completion. John 1:17 reminds us that the Old Testament civil and ceremonial laws were not false but they find their completion in the grace and truth of Jesus.
The truth displayed by Jesus is not relative but absolute. It is what Francis Schaeffer liked to call “true truth”. Such an idea is not popular today…