Since he could not understand what the religious leaders of Israel found wrong with Jesus, Pilate had decided to question Him directly. He had asked Jesus if He was the King of the Jews, and Jesus in turn had asked him if that question was original with him. And, when Pilate asked Him what He had done to make His own religious leaders want Him dead, Jesus had answered that His Kingdom was not from this world at all.“So you are a king?” asked Pilate.

“You say that I am a King,” Jesus replied. “Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the Truth. All who love the Truth recognize that what I say is true.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked Him, and then went back out to the priests to tell them that he could not find Jesus guilty of any crime.

As He had told His disciples the evening before, Jesus Himself is the Truth. He is real, solid, pure, absolute truth. We are told there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning with God, and also that it is impossible for God to lie. Consequently, those who love Him, and believe in Him, and trust Him, those who build their lives on His Word, living in obedience to Him, will never be betrayed or deceived or let down by Him. He is the one solid foundation that a man can build his life on with complete confidence.

While the absolute truth of Jesus Christ is the only firm foundation for a man’s life, it  also shows up all the deceit, hypocrisy, and shortcomings of men. This is the chief reason the religious leaders of His day hated Jesus so much– He pointed out the glaring disparity between their devout public personas and their sinful hearts. In contrast, the tax collectors and other sinners of His day, knowing already their condition before God, welcomed Him as their Friend.

When we once come to grips with the Truth of God, that we are hopeless on our own and in desperate need of a Savior, then we can truly welcome Jesus Who has come to save us. And the only way He saves is by making us like Himself; that is, by making us full of Truth. This wonderful transformation brings with it some painful discoveries about our own untruthfulness, and the sometimes difficult task of breaking our old habits and forming the new habit of complete truthfulness. But, every step of the way, the One Who is pure Truth will be with us. He will never let us down.

 

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