Can you imagine being held to the standard of always telling the truth? Always?
And we are not talking about just common conversation. We are talking about continually conveying truth, illustrating truth and validating truth. Most of us probably don’t even think about the reality of having the ability or choice of stretching the truth, avoiding the truth or not speaking the truth, in our day to day interactions with others, but Jesus didn’t exercise that option. Every word that He uttered was truth. Every illustration He gave represented truth and everything that Jesus did validated truth. Truth, that reality that we all need to be able to discern truth from untruth. And that ability is not just sorely missing today, but it is almost to the point of being unattainable, almost, because of the magnitude of the darkness that currently hides the light.
Jesus actually said that He was the light. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”(John 8:12).
You see, Jesus represented His Father, and as such He had to be true to His Father. One of the Ten Commandments is that we not lie (Exodus 20:16). And the reason for that commandment? It’s simple, God does not lie (Numbers 23:19) (Hebrews 6:16-19).
Jesus told us that the words that He spoke were not His own. “For I did not speak on My own, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.” (John 12:49). So the “standard” that Jesus followed was higher than you and I. Much higher, because of Who Jesus represented. And the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is . . .”And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:3-4).
A more excellent name. Jesus, the Son of God.
But Jesus even went beyond representing God’s truth. This is what Jesus said:
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).
Jesus not only said that the words that He spoke were the truth, Jesus went so far as to say that He was the Truth. That is heavy. And there is a reason for that, because the truth that Jesus conveyed in all that He said and all that He did had a purpose and that purpose was none other that to bring us to the realization that in and of ourselves, we are not like God nor can we ever be like God. Our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55:8). The thing is, we are so focused on ourselves that we literally become our own gods. We don’t see a need for another. We decide what is right and what is wrong and we chart our own course. That is why in that verse from Hebrews 1:3-4 above, we have that statement ” . . When He had made purification of sins . .”
That “. . . when He had made purification of sins . . .” part is the difference between God’s ways and our ways and His thoughts and our thoughts. The Bible calls it sin, a transgression of God’s holiness.
But how does one know what is the truth? I don’t know how many countless times, including my own walk with God, have started for so many, with these heartfelt words. “God, if you are real, please show Yourself to me.” If you mean this from your heart, God will honour your prayer.
Take a real hard look at what Jesus did. Take a real hard look at what Jesus said and then truly consider the truth of His death and resurrection. Because it is His actual death, His sacrifice of Himself for us, who are not like God, that once again, unites us with God, who is Holy, both in this world and the world to come. And His resurrection is the proof of our hope to be realized.
Listen to these words that Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18).
The criminal on the cross who asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His Kingdom was told by Jesus “this day you shall be with Me in Paradise.”(Luke 23:42-43). That is because this truth was stated in both the Old and New Testaments: “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Joel 2:32)(Acts 2:21).
We are not talking about lip service here, or a free pass to get out of jail, this is as real as it can get. It is truly seeing Jesus for Who He is and acknowledging that you need Him as your Saviour, to purify your sins, and calling and trusting in Him. And this means, from this day forward, as many days as they may be, you earnestly strive to daily walk and trust in Jesus.
God does not lie, Jesus, His Son, does not lie. If you haven’t already, take Him at His word.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!