Zachary Elliott, Special to Valley News
The earth is flat. If you sit too close to the TV, you’ll go blind. Eating spinach makes you strong. Aliens are real. You look thin in that dress. Those glasses make you look smart. These are just some of the lies and misinformation people have heard.
The question is: what is the truth?
You might not know it, but Jesus faced similar issues. Right before he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, he stood before Pontius Pilate, a political leader of his day, and was questioned about the truth.
Jesus answered Pilate’s questions about the truth by saying, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate in John 18:36-37.
Isn’t that the question everyone is asking?
What is the truth?
Pilate was no different. He had to deal with a screaming crowd of people outside, pressure from his contemporaries and a cryptic message from his wife about a dream she had.
There is no doubt that Pilate’s question was one of urgency. Sadly, amid all the chaos, he failed to see the only truth that mattered was standing right in front of him. So close, he could touch it.
Pilate responded to the natural situation instead of the spiritual need. He was a lot like people are today.
They can get so bombarded by the noise of this world that they miss the truth that really matters.
When you hear a lot of lies, here’s the truth you need to remember:
This earth is not heaven.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is from another place,” in John 18:36.
Do you know what that means? It means this world won’t be heavenly.
The kingdom Jesus is referring to is a heavenly kingdom. His kingdom. It’s not of this world.
Too many times, people expect this world to get better or back to normal. There’s nothing normal about this world nor the sin that plagues it constantly.
That’s why we, those who put their faith in Jesus, can look forward to a heavenly kingdom, free from sin and lies.
Jesus speaks the truth, and people should listen.
Jesus told Pilate, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me,” in John 18:37.
What side are you on? Are you on the side of the truth?
If you are, then you’re on the side of Jesus, and you listen to him. Think about that in your own life for a moment.
Do the words of Jesus speak into your life more than any other? Are his words the ones you seek out and obey?
I hope so. They are words full of grace and truth.
Jesus defines all truth.
During his discourse with Jesus, Pilate asked everyone’s questions, “What is truth?”
It’s the question the world wants to know.
Jesus answered this question for people in John 14:6 with one of the most profound statements ever uttered when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Read carefully, because it is more than just a bold statement by a religious leader.
The magnitude of what he’s saying about truth cannot be overstated. He breaks down the meaning of all life in three powerful truths.
He said, I am “the way.” There is no other way besides him.
He said, I am “the truth.” Without him, there would be no truth in the universe. He is the source of truth and is our moral absolute.
He said, I am “the life.” All life, both present and eternal, would cease to exist without him, and there is no abundant life outside of a relationship with him.
He is the hope of eternity, and only through him can people have access to the Father.
Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit https://www.fusionchristianchurch.com, https://fourminutefaithbuilder.com or find them on Instagram.