“What is truth (John 18:38)?” It was the question that Pilate set before our Lord as the enemy forces prepared a cross for Him. To hear today’s “experts,” there is none. Modern thinking argues that everything is subjective. My truth and yours may be different, and that is okay. It is like our favorite food or color which varies from person to person. The only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.
The incarnation of God the Son is described in Scripture as a visible expression of glory, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The apostles watched Him. They walked and talked with Jesus, and what they witnessed was truth embodied. He was the most exact physical example of reality possible. When we study the life of Christ we learn of absolute truth in both word and deed. Without it, our most basic need will never be met.
“…and the truth will make you free…(John 8:31-32). Apart from truth, we remain enslaved to sin and face all its never-ending consequences. The only hope that we have for liberation is a commitment to embody His word in our lives. The Lord calls it discipleship, and it is the means of developing a relationship with truth. It becomes a part of us, making its mark on our hearts and shows in our actions. Everybody serves somebody. That is not optional. Only servants of the Lord break the bonds of sin.
Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth in His closing conversation with the apostles (John 14-16). That Spirit would remain a stranger to the world (John 14:17). Pure truth has a strange ring to it for those who have worldly values. The evil one has a hold on their ears, and they simply cannot accept it.
For the apostles, He would be the revealer of all the truth that they (and we) would ever need (John 16:12-15). His followers had been exposed to much, but not all, that they needed to know. The Spirit of truth would educate them further, and the focus of His teaching was to be God the Son. It is the same information that has been preserved and handed down to us (2 Peter 1:19-21).
Truth is fundamental to the church’s existence. She is built upon the foundation that was laid by the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-22). We exist to stand for truth (1 Timothy 3:15). If there is no absolute truth, we have no reason to be here. We are still slaves of sin, our foundation has crumbled and our message is pointless. We are of all people to be pitied. Truth is facts and more. It is Christ. “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me (John 14:6).” Whether we believe Him or not, that does not change. And that’s the truth.