Posts Tagged ‘John 14:6

11
Aug
17

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.
13
Jan
16

Lies Versus Truth

Micah 6:9-16 (NIV)
Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
    and to fear your name is wisdom—
    “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.
10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
    and the short ephah, which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
    with a bag of false weights?
12 Your rich people are violent;
    your inhabitants are liars
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
    to ruin you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;
    your stomach will still be empty.
You will store up but save nothing,
    because what you save I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;
    you will press olives but not use the oil,
    you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri
    and all the practices of Ahab’s house;
    you have followed their traditions.
Therefore I will give you over to ruin
    and your people to derision;
    you will bear the scorn of the nations.”
 
I’m convinced that God hates lying and cheating.  Take Micah 6 for example.  Micah 6:11-12 describes various ways of cheating people out of their hard-earned wages and crops.  God says in verse 12, “your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully” (Micah 6:12, NIV).  This is one of the charges God brings against His people and for which He was going to punish them.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says that God hates a lying tongue and the lies of a false witness.  God cannot stand dishonesty.  One of the 10 Commandments for His people is “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:7, NIV).  God hates lying.
I think that the reason God hates lies is because God is Truth.  Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the Truth.  Later in John’s Gospel (John 18:38, NIV), Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”  The Truth was standing right in front of him!  People want to know the truth, whether they can handle it or not.  God’s Word is Truth.  Jesus called God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
God’s people need to be people of the Truth.  We need to put away lies, dishonesty and falsehood.  We must speak truthfully to one another with love and grace (Ephesians 4:25).  We need to testify to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His amazing grace.  The world is seeking Truth and we know the Truth.  His name is Jesus!  Let’s tell the truth about the Truth in word and deed.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I know that You are the Way, the Truth and the Life.  May my life be lived in such a way that reflects Your Truth revealed by Your Word.  Fill me with the Spirit of Truth today that I may speak truthfully about You.  In Your name I ask these things, amen.

 

01
Jul
15

Truth Is Truth

The truth is hard to swallow sometimes.  The truth divides people.  The truth divides families and can even divide churches.  The truth makes enemies of friends.  The truth makes enemies of brothers and sisters in Christ.
Paul was cared for by the Galatians during his ministry with them.  Even when he was a burden to them.  He said, “you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Jesus Christ himself” (Galatians 1:14, NIV).  So why did they turn on him?  He told them the truth.

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?​ – Galatians 1:16 (NIV)​

They were abandoning the true Gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ and Paul would have none of it!  They were reverting to their former and erroneous ways of believing.  At one time they loved Paul and would have done anything for him (see verse 15).  But when Paul penned this letter, he is heartbroken over the fact that they saw him as an enemy.
The truth divides people.  When you tell someone the truth, they have a choice.  They can accept what they’ve heard or they can reject it.  The truth is exclusive like that.  There can only be one truth.  Everything else is a lie or twisting of the truth.
When you tell someone about the Truth – Jesus – you risk becoming their enemy.  Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).  That’s pretty exclusive, right?  That is either true or it is not.  There’s no wiggle room.  You can’t ignore such a statement of exclusivity.  Either it is true or it is a fabrication.  He did not say that He is “a” way or “a” truth or “a” life.  He used the definite article “the.”  There is only ONE way to the Father and that is through Jesus.
So when you tell someone the truth, know that there is a risk involved.  They will either accept it or reject it.  If they reject it, they will most likely reject you as well.  However they respond to the truth (and subsequently to you), it doesn’t change the fact that truth is truth.
Galatians 4:12-16 (NIV)
I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, 14 and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
16
Apr
14

The Question

The Roman governor, Pilate, asked Jesus one of the most fundamental questions of life.

What is truth? – John 18:38​a​ (NIV)

People are on a quest for truth.  They want to know what is genuine and real.  They want to know what is authentic and not fake.  I believe that Jesus is truth.  He said in John 14:6 (NIV), “I am the way and the truth and the life…” (emphasis added).  If you’re searching for truth, your search will lead you to Jesus.  Pilate’s question was in response to Jesus’ statement in verse 37:

You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

​ – John 18:37 (NIV)​
If you are on the side of truth, you will hear Jesus’ voice calling out across the centuries leading you to Himself.  People are tired of lies and half-truths.  People are tired of hypocritical Christians condemning them based on some misinterpretation of God’s Word.  People want the Truth!  Rather than giving them our take on things, we need to give them Jesus.  They need to see that Jesus is the Truth for which they are looking.  People need to see Jesus and His love in action.  They need to know that Jesus makes a difference in our lives.  They need to know that Jesus is real and that He can and wants to be known.  The time has come for the followers of Jesus to stand up for the Truth!  We must give people what they desperately need – the truth of Jesus Christ.  Nothing else will satisfy the question, “What is truth?”

John 18:28-40 (NIV)

Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.




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