Theme for the Month: Truth: The Final Battle
Today: Knowing the truth
John Chapter 8: 23-32. 2 John 1-3
Many people today know and use these familiar words from Jesus, but what is he really saying? In institutions of higher learning, they would use the phrase to refer to gathering of information, intellect, and knowledge. At school, when we were naughty and appearing in front of the principal or the one that is in charge of discipline, he/she would indicates, “only the truth and no stories “meaning, I do not have time to listen to lies or determine who is lying or telling the truth” Some have taken this to say ’ if we tell the TRUTH, we will be set free. And many a time, even if you tell the truth, you will be punished.
Is it really what Jesus is saying? Of cause not. Jesus is simply saying, that knowing the TRUTH will set us free and not by simply telling the truth.
In our Gospel reading this morning, Jesus is having a conversation with the Jews, who at that point in history were under the rule of the Roman government. A very proud nation, so when Jesus spoke to them about freedom, they became annoyed and claimed that they have never been slaves of anyone, although they were under Roman rule. When Jesus said: “the truth would set them free, however, He was not talking about political freedom.
In John 16: 7A, Jesus is stressing his authority and certainty of His message in saying, “But I tell you the truth’ and in Romans 9:1-Paul is emphasizing that he is not lying, when is says: I speak the truth in Christ-I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit”
Truth, my brothers and sisters, is not a system or a set of rules, nor a religion, but a Person-It is personal in Jesus. In John 14:6- Jesus answered: I am the way the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
For us as believers, 1. Truth is universal, meaning God is the author of all truth and Jesus is the key to truth. John 1:14 reads as follows: The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. It is not abstract, it is alive and reigns within us.
- Truth is eternal: Truth is rooted in the eternal God who is all powerful and unchangeable. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is Truth” (John 17:17).
Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. It sanctifies (sets us apart) from the falsehoods that are part of our sinful natures.
As Christ the living Word is truth, so his written word is truth. “Though heaven and earth will pass away, God’s truth never will pass away.
- Truth is reality. It’s the way things really are. To know the truth is to see accurately. God has written His truth on human hearts. When the world hears truth, if spoken graciously, many are drawn to it, because their hearts long for truth—even the heart that rejects it.
As followers of Christ:
- We are to walk in the truth (3 John 1:3),
- Love the truth, and believe the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
- We’re to speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:32).
Christ didn’t say He would show the truth or teach the truth or model the truth. He is the truth. He is the source of all truth.
We need to know the Truth which is Jesus Christ and His life hidden in us. Before knowing the TRUTH we must be His disciple that we may learn. We learn from Jesus the Christ, through his word and the Spirit. Jesus is saying, if we can grasp, understand and hold on to his teaching, we are his disciples. (Today’s scripture). Then, we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. Because God’s word is truth and it is real, as opposed to all else and it liberates us. Jesus is Savior, because He is truth incarnate, (the word that became flesh), full of grace and love. God has a perfect plan of salvation and restoration for all us. In his death and resurrection, we move from death and darkness, into light and life, which is rooted in the truth, Christ Jesus. Through this liberating process, Christ Jesus is calling us into a loving relationship, through the power of the Holy Spirit to enjoy the freedom that is found in Him and Him alone.
John 8:44, reminds us of our bondage and slavery, when he states, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding the truth, for there is no truth in him. He is the father of all lies.”
The sadness today is that people choose the lie rather than God’s truth. They resist truth and Jesus is implying this in John 8: 46, when He says: “If I am telling the truth, why do you not believe me”
Sin has a way to enslave us, control us, dominating us and dictating our actions. Jesus can free us from this slavery that keeps us from becoming the person God wants us to be. If sin is enslaving us, Jesus can break that power over our lives.
Jesus is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception, and deception from Satan. Thus Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want but freedom to follow him. As we seek to serve God, Jesus‘s perfect truth frees us all that God meant to us to be. Into the Master plan for our lives.
All authority in heaven and on earth have been given to Jesus Christ. As Israel’s Messiah and the eternal Son of the Father, he stands over all other claims to authority. He alone is the appointed judge of all human life and activity.
The unchanging purpose of God the Father was always to bring everything under the headship of God the Son by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. While many ignore or defy his authority at present, the day is most surely coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and this will a demonstration of the glory of the Father.
Jesus, the truth, is the only head of the Church, the body of Christ here on earth. He is the one who is building the church, so we cannot claim that we are building, we are only instruments. The church is forever dependent on Christ. He is present as his people gather in his name, just as he promised. This is manifested today, throughout churches, by his word through his Spirit.
Invite: 1. Come to Christ, repent and accept him as Lord and Saviour. 2. Silent Reflection.