November 29, 2016
John 18: 37 records Jesus as saying, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Luke 19:10 records jesus saying of Himself, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
We can see in these two verses, and in numerous other places too, that Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching was a witness to the truth. And in that witness, He proclaimed that we – all people – were lost and needed to be saved.
When we look at all that Jesus taught, it’s fairly easy to see that His view & understanding of reality was significantly different than what was the understanding of the people of His day. The same could be said today – of us. Consider the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), in particular the portion where He says, “You have heard that it was said… but I say to you…” (5:21, 27, etc.) He was telling them that their understanding of certain areas of life (and some might argue that by implication He was saying this about all areas of life) was in error; it was either flat out wrong, or incomplete and therefore still wrong.
In John 18:37 Jesus is standing before Pilate, not long before He was tortured and crucified. Jesus believed this witness to the truth was worth everything – literally.
If it was worth everything to Jesus, do you think it ought to be important to us too? Jesus in John 20:21 is recorded as saying, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” That means as we live our lives we should be a witness to the truth. Always. Everywhere. In all our decisions. Period.
Our opinions about issues of our day don’t matter one whit to God. Our witness to the truth does matter to God.
And truth is objective, not subjective, otherwise Jesus’ witness to the truth would have been meaningless. Truth is true regardless of our feelings, our understanding of truth, or our acceptance of truth. Truth was true yesteryear, yesterday, today and will be true tomorrow and every day.
Truth by its very definition is intollerant of error.
So… how do we come to know truth so we can accept Jesus’ testimony and amend our lives where needed – and thus enter into the truth of being “saved” – to let Jesus save us? (Notice I wrote “where needed” not “if needed”.)
We MUST read the Bible, and apply what we read. Courses can help with that, of course! One such course I believe to be among the best is The Truth Project. The Solid Rock Church is currently offering this course at two different times during the week.
1) Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in our Conference Room, and
2) Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in our Conference Room
located at 3601 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven, FL.
Come to our next meeting, or call 863-875-4825 and leave a message for a call-back to receive infomation about our next course.
All who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcome to attend. No cost involved. Call if you just want a bit more info.
May all of us who call ourselves Christian become better at our witness to the Truth! And may Jesus Himself be our model, as He lived out truth which He received from His Father through the Old Testament and by the indwelling, empowering and leading of Holy Spirit.
To God be the Glory!