By Tim Lamb, Entiat, WA
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Straight Truth
John 18:37-38 "...Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?"
If each of us drew a crooked line we could have as many different crooked lines as we had hands drawing them. If then we drew a straight line, many of us would get a straight edge or steady our hand (I can't draw a straight line to save my life) and we would have many lines looking very similar. When it comes to "crooked" we each have our own way but we all know what straight is; it is what it is, straight; unbending; the shortest path between two points.
If something is straight it is also said to be true. If we agree on a truth it is most likely a known commodity lacking variance; often, generally agreed upon. Things not straight or true leave questions and vague implication. But if we took crooked and called it true we would lose truth. Truth, by its nature, is unique in origin. Truth is not necessarily a consensus; even if the whole world called a crooked line straight it would not be true. If children were taught that a crooked line were straight it would still not be true. Truth has no equal other than its self.
John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
The world would have us believe there are many truths, many paths to God. Jesus said "I Am...the Truth..." So we must decide, "Is Jesus the Truth?" If He is truth there is only one way to God, as He said. If He is not Truth then He is a heretic or a liar but He is not the way to God unless of course He is telling the truth. If you examine closely all those "Paths to God" the world speaks of are crooked and vague and subject to variables. Jesus claimed to be the "Straight, Narrow, Path". By all concepts of truth there can be only one straight path to God, through Jesus Christ - because there can be only one truth. Truth has no master; truth defines all else.
John 8:31-32 "So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Lies are small, confining, and binding. Love of the truth brings obedience to ALL truth which is the essence of liberty. An arrow with a shaft that isn't true cannot fly in a straight line, but a true arrow hits what it is aimed at.
In the movie The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, with Gavin McCloud, Mr. Sperry sends three boys on a treasure hunt for chocolate cake. Each one is told where to go to find their personal first clue. After a while two of the boys wander back to the house confused while the third is eating cake. One boy went looking and found no directions; another found directions but they took him to the wrong place; the third boy found good directions. All went looking for the same thing but only one found the truth.
John 3:21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light..."
The world sends each of us in search of our own light. It promises us cake on every path but there is only one truth. The world walks in darkness while one truth turns on the light. People sometimes take Scripture and twist it into a crooked path. Jesus promised He would take you to God the Father if you believe in Him. And His words are straight and true.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
Every answer is the truth if you ask the right question. But for a statement or belief to stand true on its own it must be absolute and intrinsic and the truth of Jesus Christ is those things or it is nothing at all.
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