‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’John 14:6 NKJV
Before Jesus went to the cross, He prepared His disciples for what would soon happen. He explained that He was going to prepare a place for them in heaven and that He would return for them. When Thomas asked Him how they would know the way to this place, Jesus revealed a truth, not only relevant over 2,000 years ago, but also relevant today.
The way to God is not a physical path; it is a spiritual one.
The path is Jesus Himself, who leads us to the Father. The world claims there are many ways to God, but Jesus tells us the truth: no one can come to God except through Jesus Christ, His Son.
When Philip asked the Lord to show them the Father, Jesus explained that if they had seen Jesus, they had seen the Father. We can believe that Jesus and the Father are one, or belief may come through the testimony of the works Jesus did on earth.
‘Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.‘John 14:11 NKJV
The Spirit of truth has come.
Jesus taught the disciples that after He was gone, He would ask His Father to send them the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, so they wouldn’t be left as orphans.
‘…the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.‘John 14:17 NKJV
‘However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.‘John 16:13 NKJV
Truth sets us free.
No surprise that the world cannot know the truth because the world is controlled by Satan, the father of lies. When the Pharisees argued with Jesus over His identity, He explained that they were slaves to sin and needed to be set free.
Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.‘John 8:34-36 NKJV
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.‘John 8:31-33 NKJV
Truth versus lies
Jesus states a truth that applies to us today, and it clarifies why we’re living in such a frustrating world of constant lies swirling about. The world cannot hear the truth because it belongs to the father of lies. Christians hear and believe the truth, which sets us free from sin and death; the world is deaf and dumb to truth because it is bound in chains of deception, sin, and lies through its father, the devil.
‘You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.’John 8:44 NKJV
Even before His crucifixion, Jesus stated that He was a witness to truth during His conversation with Pilate. Pilate came close to believing in Jesus in that moment, but he ultimately rejected truth.
Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’ Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’ And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.John 18:37-38 NKJV
The call to choose truth
We have a clear-cut choice: to believe truth or believe lies; to listen to the voice of Jesus or listen to the voice of satan.
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.Psalm 35:9 NIV
Which will you choose?
Dear Father, I pray that every lost person would hear your voice of truth and respond by accepting You as Lord and Savior. Thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and shedding your innocent blood. Break the chains of sin and death and make us free indeed in Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we know the truth of Your Word that sets us free from the world’s lies and deception. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
In Search of Truth by Karen Jurgens copyright 2022 all rights reserved