Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2013

posted Mar 28, 2013, 7:42 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 28, 2013, 7:42 PM ]

Truth Personified

     At the trial of Jesus before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, as recorded in the Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist, the following conversation occurs: Pilate said. “Your own people and the chief priests brought you to me.  What have you done?" 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom doesn't belong to this world. If it did, my followers would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. No, my kingdom doesn’t belong to this world.” 37 “So you are a king,” Pilate replied. “You are saying that I am a king,” Jesus told him. “I was born into this world to tell about the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth knows my voice.”

     38 Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” -- Jn. 18:35-38 (CEV),

     The nature of truth has been debated and analyzed from time immemorial. Just a brief search online would suggest that there are few matters on which it is possible to find more quotations. What follows is a very brief sampling of some illustrative examples:

     “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” Mohandas Gandhi

     “Sometimes truth can be a little rough because it doesn't spend time in makeup as lies do. Truth possesses its own beauty without the need for artifice and produces its own light." Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations

     “Truth is illusive because we prefer lies. If Pontius Pilate had asked ‘Who is Truth?’ instead of ‘What is Truth?’ he may have found the answer.” Gary Amirault, Tentmaker Ministries.

     Adam Hamilton in “24 Hours that Changed the World” suggests that “Pilate was standing in the presence of truth personified, truth incarnate, the very source of truth about God and humanity and the purpose of life. The font of truth was bound hand and foot, preparing to be tortured and crucified."

     Pilate and most of those there that day failed to recognize that they were in the presence of Truth Incarnate even though Jesus had replied when his disciple Thomas, insisted, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” as follows, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father except by me" --John 14:6 (REB). May Jesus’ words and sacrificial life be the defining truth for all of us. Amen.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries