Good News Message
- “What is truth?” John 19:38
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. The Lord had been arrested after He had taken the Pass-Over Meal with His disciples. After His arrest, He was taken to the High Priest, and to his son-in-law who was the previous High Priest, and then to Pilate, and then to Herod. Each time going through the attacks and accusations and lies of the Jewish Leaders. As we pick back up, we find that Herod had sent Jesus, and His accusers back to Pilate. Picking up at verse 33 of Chapter 19, we hear the Apostle John as he writes:“Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked Him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Is that your own idea,’ Jesus asked, ‘or did others talk to you about Me?’ ‘Am I a Jew?’ Pilate replied. ‘Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me. What is it You have done?’ Jesus replied, ‘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…” John 19: 33 – 38“What is truth?” This question is what has divided God’s children into believers and non-believers. Those who believe in God, and .those who do not. Those who believe in God, but not sure of how to have a relationship with HIm. It has created debate over what sin is, and what is not sin. It has created debate over when life begins within the womb and how long it should be protected if it is not wanted. It has been a huge factor in how a child should be raised. “What is truth,” has been the main reason we have over 600 denominations within the Christian Community. We cannot agree on what Jesus meant when He said something. Of course we could go on and on citing the many questions in, and about life, and everything in it, and “What is truth”, but there will always be many answers until ‘Truth’ is believed and received. Jesus is Truth.In John 14:6, we see where Jesus said, “I AM the Truth, I AM the Way, I AM the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He is the Way. “He is LOVE.” 1 John 4:8 Until we come to the position we believe that HE is Truth, and that He is The Way, and The Life, there shall be debate. Wars will be fought over it, lives will be sacrificed because of lack of belief in it, and the question will still remain. In our scripture today, Jesus said, “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.” The Lord came to bring Truth. Let us hear it, believe it, and walk in the grace of it today, and every day.Jesus made a special trip to tell us, HE is Truth!! HE is the Word, John 1:1, which is where we find Truth. This is where we can converse, and commune with Him every day. This is where we find the rest of why He came. He said I am the Way, He said my way is unconditional Love. He said I died for you, and now I live for you that you might have Life, and have it abundantly.This is Truth.Continue reading →
- “Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is the truth.” John 17:17
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. We are currently studying the prayer Jesus prayed unto our Abba Father, just before He departed from His Last Passover Meal, with His Disciples. Though He was praying for them primarily, He was praying for all who believe in Him, We pick up at verse 16, in the 17th Chapter. He said:“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is Truth. As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them, I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” John 17: 16 -19All who believe in, and give their hearts to the Lord are Sanctified by Him, – In HIm. To be sanctified means: “To be set apart for sacred use; cleansed and made Holy through believing and obeying the Word of God.”As Hebrews 4:12 states: “For the Word of God is Alive and Active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul, and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Word of God is not just words brought together by a good writer, it is the Spirit of God working in our spirit as we open ourselves unto Him. It is the Spirit of Jesus, it is God Himself, for they are One. The Word says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1When we receive the Word through belief, faith, and trust in it, we receive the Holy Spirit working in us. The Word is alive when we Believe it. It is the Spirit of Power, and Love, and a Sound Mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) That is why we must reach out to the Word each day. That is why we must receive it into our soul, and spirit each day. The Lord is IN the Word, and He uses it to bring courage, and comfort, and peace, and power to do what is right as we quote our favorite verses, or read a chapter, or daily Bible Plan, or Devotional. It is the Food of the Soul. We want to have a steady diet of it – every morning, and every evening- if only for a short time. Jesus said, “For them, I sanctify myself,” He Himself went to the Word. Let it be so for each of us. The Word is Truth. In the Truth we walk in the Grace, and the Unconditional Love of The Most High. We are greatly Blessed and Sanctified in Jesus.Continue reading →
May you be “Encouraged, and “Strengthened”, and “United”, God’s Beloveds, as we Lift up Christ Jesus, Glorify the Father, and Magnify the Holy Spirit.