What is truth? Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “constancy,” “sincerity in action, character, and utterance,” and/or “the body of real things, events, and facts.” God is all these things, but is His truth what you base your life on? Some people do and some people don’t. For example, look at Pontius Pilate. Maybe that name rings a bell – especially with Easter right around the corner. Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea during the time Jesus was on the earth. He also goes down in history as the man who gave the authorization to crucify Christ.
While you may be aware of who he is, you may not be aware of the dialogue that happened between him and Jesus; or the hugely significant question he derisively threw out to Jesus. Let’s take a look at the dialogue from the Gospel of John (18:37, 38) – “Pilate…said to Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’ Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?‘”
So what is truth?
I once met someone who followed the religion of Bahá’í. In a nutshell, this was the person’s response when asked what Bahá’í believe: “Bahá’í believe that all religious people are seeking ‘God.’ All the different religions in the world are just different avenues that people use to seek him. They are all accepted and all true. They’re just different forms to achieve the same end.” There are over 20 major religions in the world, and we can’t discuss all of them here. However, Baha’i teaching certainly doesn’t jive with Christianity. At its very core, Christianity shows that there is only one way to God and that way is Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through Me.” (John 14:6)
In Jesus’ conversation with Pilate, He explains that all who are of Him know the truth. They can hear or discern God’s voice because they know Him and what He has to say. Numerous times in the Bible, and at least nine times in the Gospel of John alone, truth is discussed. The Bible says that God is truth; Jesus is truth; His word is truth. Therefore, all God is and all He says is the absolute and only truth. But we can’t stop the discussion there. It gets more personal. Here are some questions that everyone would do well to ask themselves: What value do I put on truth? Where do I find truth? What am I going to do once I know the truth? Here are some deeper questions to get you thinking about your stand on truth.
What value do you put on truth? Does truth matter to you? Do you seek truth out, or do you simply live by what feels or sounds the best? Most people would say they like to be told the truth; and admit that they haven’t always told the truth themselves. What about ultimate truth? That is what God’s truth is; the final answer. God’s truth is more important than anyone’s opinion and the thing that will last beyond our lives here on this earth. The writer of Psalm 139:24 prays, “…lead me in the way everlasting.”
There was a time when I didn’t know God’s truth. I lived a “good” life by my standards, but life got more complicated in college. My decisions weren’t getting me to successful places, so I started to seek out ultimate truth. Do you know that’s what God wants for all of u? In fact, when Jesus was on earth He prayed to His Father and asked that all of us would come to know His truth – “Sanctify them in Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Where do you find truth? Is everything your parents taught you truth? Did you learn truth in school? Do you make your own truth? Maybe you thought a church has taught you truth. Until I was about 12 years old, I went to a church with my mom. I stared at a crucifix every week, but I was never taught truth. My challenge – God’s challenge – to you is to find out His truth; the only truth. His Word will guide you into all truth. You can pray like the writer of Psalm 25:4, 5 – “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me.”
What am I going to do once I find the truth? This question is one that every person has to answer for themselves. I pray that God, in all of His sovereignty, wisdom, love, and truth, pierces your heart and draws you to Himself. You have a right – and hopefully a sense of personal responsibility – to seek the truth in your own life. We’ve already given you the answer. But you have to choose whether or not to believe it and follow Him.
If you want to walk in truth, there are obstacles to overcome. Our culture tells us that we’re stupid to believe that there is a God or that He made us—let alone that He cares about us deeply. Society says that you have to be “pretty enough,” “skinny enough,” give up your purity, and conform to its standards to be worth anything. Not to mention you have to be well-educated and have a great job to be thought of as “successful.” Real success comes when you surrender to the One who made you and commit to follow Him and His truth no matter what. It’s an exhilarating life, trust me! It takes time, discipline, reading His Word, and believing it to overcome all the lies that are thrown our way. But here’s the truth: He loves you. You can be holy and make godly decisions, and when you do…that’s success!
As for Pontius Pilate…he found no fault with Jesus, but he was overcome by the pressures of the society that he lived in and the power that he hungered for. He gave the order to crucify Christ. I hope that in the days or years after the Crucifixion that Pilate realized that truth can be definitively discovered. The Truth stood right before Pilate in flesh and blood – and Deity. He stands before you now in spirit. Seek His face. Take His hand. And walk in truth.
Leader Generation Hope
(All Scripture referenced from NKJV)