That’s the Truth
Even children are prone to exaggeration, fabrication, or just plain altercation of the facts of something that happened. I am fascinated listening to conversations and what comes out of our mouths. A person can have us rolling on the floor with laughter. Then, out of the blue, there is the need to try to strengthen the actual veracity of the account being told. So, the speaker will spontaneously declare, “Now this is the truth!” It makes all of us listeners wonder if all that preceded that statement was totally false or only based on truth with lots of exaggeration.
Jesus was and is “Truth”. He is the ultimate measure of all truth. When He taught, he would often preface the statement or teaching with, “Truly, truly I say unto you.” His reminder to the disciples at the Last Supper recorded in John 14 is “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Jesus was before Pilate on trial when he said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:37-38).
What Jesus brought into this world of rebellion are two qualities that are not readily found in our sinful nature. Jesus always spoke the truth and He did it with great grace. When truth is the foundation of life, men can operate openly and with great respect for each other. In the early days of this country, men would make a deal based on their word and a handshake. Truth was a common expectation between men. And, grace was demonstrated freely to folks that faced a challenge greater than one individual could possibly do. So, neighbors would join neighbors to have a “barn raising”, or help to harvest a crop, or join forces to build a home for a family. Grace and truth are much better virtues that guns and strife.
Charles Swindoll notes in his book, “The Grace Awakening”……..
But when “grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ,” a long-awaited revolution of the heart began to set religious captives free. Fear-full bondage motivated by guilt was replaced with a fresh motivation to follow Him in truth simply out of deep devotion and delight. Rather than focusing on the accomplishments of the flesh, He spoke of the heart. Instead of demanding that the sinner fulfill a long list of requirements, he emphasized faith, if only the size of a mustard seed. The change spelled freedom, as the Lord himself taught, “…you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Rigid, barren religion was, at last, replaced by a grace-orientated, relationship-liberating grace. His followers loved it. His enemies hated it… and Him. Without a doubt, the earliest grace killers were the Pharisees. (Copied).
Every Christ-follower I know longs for a national spiritual awakening. No doubt we need a great movement of God in the USA and around the world. But maybe, the LORD is giving us the perfect opportunity to be what He shaped us to be. We are called, “Christians” which means “to be like Christ”. We are to be “Light” to show men the way to live for God. We are to be “salt” to make them thirst for the Living Water of Life. We profess to have received God’s Grace because we profess to know the One who is Truth! Are we to be God’s agents for revival?
Sounds like the LORD has transformed and equipped an army of His followers to be the catalysts for awakening. Surely against the backdrop of such hatred and division, those that live with love, demonstrating grace, and standing for truth would be so exceptional, it would make others curious how we can be so radiant in a time of such darkness. Then we can tell them….”It’s only by the grace of Jesus that we can live freely in Truth!”