John 17:17: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Thanks to gravity we can walk the ground. Up is up and down is down, as simple as that. However, climbing into a rocket and pushing through Earth’s atmosphere, we experience things very differently. Where is up and down after loss of gravity? Our human experience is very much tied to our personal point of view. In fact, we can get so stuck in our opinions that it is hard to see the truth.

 “What is truth?” Pilate retorted after Jesus told him (John 18:37b):

 “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.”

Finding the truth can be as elusive an experience as trying to catch the wind. Pilate certainly thought so. At the time when Pilate met Jesus he seemed to have given up on finding the truth. “What is truth?” he asked. Not expecting an answer, he turned around and left Jesus.

So, what is truth?  

It is very human that our point of view evolves. What we believe to be true today may no longer hold true tomorrow. Pilate’s sarcasm would then be justified. Truth, however, is not truth if it can change overnight. Truth does not change. Unimpressed by shifting times and unimagined by any human mind it stands forever. We don’t dream up truth; truth just is.

It was Jesus’s mission to come into the world and share the truth with us. He testified to the truth, which still rocks our world. Interceding for all people, Jesus prays (John 17:17):

“Sanctify them by the truth” 

Learning the truth will change us for the better, or to use Jesus’s terminology: learning the truth will sanctify us. On a different occasion He said (John 8:32):

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The only way to learn the truth is to believe Jesus. Truth cannot be proven, but the results of truth-finding are very tangible. Attached to the Lord’s bird-eyed view, believers develop a much broader perspective. They become vested in the greater good and contribute to healing the world.

Truth is alive and breathing and has the name of God written all over it. When Jesus walked this Earth, He left indelible footprints. He said about Himself (John 14:6):

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

When Jesus turns our lives around, we start going into a completely different direction. The truth will set us free, and we will never be the same.

John 3:17: “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Isn’t it great to receive a raving performance review? It will make our day to hear how we have exceeded expectations. And yet, there’s always this element of fear before we walk into the room to listen to our supervisor’s take on our performance – because our achievements as well as our shortcomings will be assessed, that’s just how it goes.

Every day people pass judgment or are being judged. We may not like that, but we know that this is how our society works. In the drift sand of anarchy and lawlessness mankind would have had no chance of survival. That’s why ultimately the law was given to mankind. The criminal justice system keeps things at bay, but it does not bring salvation.

Judging a person, we will most likely miss the whole picture. Try as we may, our judgment calls are flawed. The only perfect judge of a situation or a human being is God. Still, being judged by God is not a good situation for us either. Although God is a fair judge and His judgement is 100 percent correct, our death is the direct result – thankfully, God is the first to lament the cruelty of judgment and the finality of it.

That is why God sent His Son into the world – particularly not to judge the world – since judgment obviously initiates no happy ending – God sent His Son into the world to restore and save humanity. That’s the best possible outcome for a bad situation we got ourselves into. He came up with an unusual salvation plan. God becoming human is very unusual to say the least. But then His love is quite unusual too, and it’s His love that motivates His sacrifice. No measuring of His love is possible. God’s love meter goes beyond all expectations. His passion for us is an undying flame.

Looking at the way God chose to save us is looking at a divine love declaration written all over the skies, a love letter written in stone. It’s love that never goes away. God is in permanent search mode looking for the lost and broken and reaching out daily. His call goes around the world. Given all the effort He has put in, can you imagine His joy once we answer His call and grab His hand? Like His love, His joy is immeasurable.

Saving us is no easy business. It requires blood, sweat and tears, but feeling guilty about that would be entirely counterproductive. If we asked Jesus how He feels about us after all that He had been through, He would probably say that the last thing He wants for us is feeling guilty all the time. He voluntarily sacrificed Himself to save us, and His gift comes with absolutely no strings attached. I believe we make Him happiest when we accept His gift and never look back.

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)

Proverbs 22:6: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Getting to know Jesus is the beginning of a very good story! Personally delivered, your loved ones are the first to read you. Your story will include divine encounters where paths cross. Lives will be touched along the way, and lots of good things happen, whether or not you are aware of it. That’s the power of truth!

God is in the business of truth-telling; however, here’s the kicker: if there was a point in your life when you first realized who Jesus is, then this was revealed to you. In Matthew’s gospel we read about a conversation Jesus had with His followers. Jesus asked them point-blank: “Who am I?” Here is Peter’s answer (Matthew 16:17):

Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’”

Jesus makes it pretty clear that Simon Peter is no genius who just figured out who the Messiah is. Believers are no geniuses. Believers are receivers, and truth-receiving is a gift from God. Like any precious gift that we receive, we need to cherish it. By respecting the Holy Spirit we guard this precious gift. Conversely, if we ignore the Spirit of God long enough, that gift will be taken from us; left to our own devices life quickly becomes bad news. Anybody who is a parent knows what happens if children are left to their own devices: nothing good comes out of it.

The Holy Spirit is a wonderful teacher constantly speaking truth into our lives. Ever been on a crossroads and listened to that voice inside of you nudging you to do the right thing? That is God’s Spirit parenting us.

Throughout our lives our Father in Heaven is constantly assessing our situation to help us find the truth. In the history of mankind He has touched countless lives, revolutionized human thinking, prevented evil from taking over our planet, and has exponentially grown a movement that started with a famous few. Our Heavenly Father is teaching His children well!

Jesus went through hell to be God-in-the-flesh. He walked this earth teaching and revealing Heaven’s Kingdom to us. Jesus taught His contemporaries well, and His legacy continues on.

Our triune God is an inspiring teacher. Touching our lives, our examples can grow multiple seeds of blessings, which will scatter worldwide. That’s the blessing of exponential teaching – an enormous ripple effect for sure; and that, my friend, is the legacy you can leave behind!

Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams;

Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams.”
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Lyrics