The Truth on Trial - Part 1

We live in a society of lies, where the only "truth" that seems to matter is our own perception. But, perception does not change reality. The ultimate truth is that God exists, and what He says is true. There is nobody in the world who believes God does not exist.
For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honour Him as God or give thanks to Him (Rom. 1:21).
However, there are many people who pretend that He does not exist. They are not bold or honest enough to admit that the reason they don't want to obey God is because they want to fulfill their own desires, which is why they must suppress the truth.

Unfortunately, their desires cannot change the truth and make it real. The reality is that everyone will be put on trial by the Truth.
And He who was seated on the throne said, "Behold I am making all things new." Also He said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." (Rev. 21:5-8)
 There are two destinations for each every human being: There are the children of God who will be given eternal life, and there are the cowardly who will be thrown into the lake fire. There is no middle ground, there is no third way. This is the ultimate reality for mankind.

Even Christians suppress truth, which is why we must be very careful to guard against the characteristics of suppressing truth, and strive for the characteristics of being thirsty for truth. The trial of Jesus (a.k.a. The Truth) in John 18 shows us some of these characteristics.

  1. I have spoke openly to the world... I have said nothing in secret (20): Jesus was the same both in His private life and His public life. He had nothing to hide and did not hide it. Often we are one way at work and another way with the church.
  2. Is that how you answer the high priest?(22): The officer of the court had no fear of God, even though he should have realized that if Jesus was in fact the Son of God he had just struck the real High Priest. We often have more fear of offending our neighbours, friends, and family than a Holy God.
  3. If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me? (23): Jesus was appealing to the Word of God for truth. Many people today do not go to God's for truth. Instead, they take a general principal like God is love, and then derive their own truth from it. Without God's Word and the Spirit of Truth applying it to our lives we do not have truth. Also, Jesus did not shy away from evidence instead He promoted it.
  4. "You also are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not."(25): Peter denied being a disciple. Today we also deny being a disciple when we do not love the church. Jesus said, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35)."
  5. "If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you." (30): The high priest and his henchman did not care about evidence, they just wanted Him dead. They never proved that He had done anything wrong and they were ready to kill Him. They were more concerned with their own laws they had made up then the truth.
  6. My kingdom is not of this world (36): Jesus reminds us of the truth that this world is passing away. Too often Christians want to be rich, successful, and well thought of in this life, but we must never forget that it is not our home.
  7. What is truth? (38): Pilate did not care about the truth. Even though he became afraid when he heard the accusations against Jesus, he wanted the approval Caesar instead of the King of Kings.
In the High Priest and his group we see the cultural elite of the day. They had the cultural power to crucify Jesus and determine and enforce what everybody should believe. But, their power did not get them what they wanted. Instead of Jesus, the son of God, they got Barabbas, whose name means son of the Father. Jesus is the giver of life, and Barabbas stole from people in this life. In the end they got exactly what they deserved, their own "son of the Father," who could not save them.

In Pilate we see someone who just doesn't care. Although though he seems to know Jesus is the Son of God he doesn't take the steps to find out the truth. History tells us that Pilate most likely committed suicide.

In Peter we see someone who failed and denied being a disciple, but who was restored and became part of the foundation of the church. He eventually denied himself and followed Jesus (John 21:19).

In Jesus we see the Truth. The truth was so important that He was willing to die for it. That was His purpose in coming to this earth. The more we suppress the truth the more we become enslaved to our own desires, but if we abide in Word of God, we will be set free to glorify God.
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).

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