“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.” Pilate said to him “what is truth?”
John 18: 37, 38 (ESV)
Many of us still ask the same question today. Truth is a mysteriously powerful word that is so easy to voice but which carries a meaning so deep it dates to the creation of the universe and everything beyond. It even suggests two opposing directions with infinity looming in either direction – absolute truth vs. dishonesty, one crystal clear and enlightening the other dark and sinister. Truth, therefore, is absolutely foundational to a righteous existence?
In essence, God had no alternative but to make truth the centerpiece of creation along with its soul partner love. Creation was his way of manifesting love in the beginning, for truth and love are forever co-dependent. Truth is both ancient and fresh every day because we encounter its implications every day. It is timeless and transcendental in nature and carries the righteous precepts of God on its broad shoulders to every point in the cosmos instantaneously, for they are universally salient. Truth demonstrates the fallacy of assigning the reality of our world to be the one and only reality. Apparently, this could not be further from the truth as quantum physics, the predictor of other dimensions and alternate universes would rely on the pervasive transcendental nature of truth for validation and application.
If Jesus had to come into this world to bear witness to the truth we can make at least two observations concerning it. It is silently pervasive and deeply embedded in nature and our understanding of its value and impact on our lives is critical. Why would Jesus have to make an appearance here to bear witness to its vital importance in our lives unless its gravity was paramount? He did because its nature is deeply quiescent and as such, we haphazardly abuse it on a regular basis. And if the Holy Spirit is all Truth, how much more important can it be? The veil still remains over the face of unbelievers because without the Holy Spirit speaking truth to each of us, it remains silent and deep.
And the Spirit is the one who testifies because the Spirit is the truth.
1 John 5: 6 (ESV)
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth
John 16: 13 (ESV)
May God always bless our quest to see and hear the truth and live in its light forever. Amen.
A F Fischer