Jul 6, 2015 - Hearing From God    9 Comments

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

There are three questions that circle our minds everyday whether we realize it or not. What is truth?  Which way should I go? What is the meaning of life? We are faced with decisions imageall the time. It would be merely impossible to count just one day’s worth of decisions we face and make.  I guess from a worldly perspective, one man’s truth can be another man’s lie.  So how does one get to the truth?  A governor named Pilate once asked Jesus, “Are you a king?”

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Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.  Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.  Shortly after Pilate had this conversation with Jesus, Pilate released a harden criminal named Barabas instead of Jesus, in following with a Jewish custom that allowed the Jewish people to request a prisoner to be set free during Passover.  If Pilate truly wanted the truth he would had recognized who Jesus was.  Jesus answered Pilate’s question in verse 37 before he even asked it.  “I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” 

CONSIDER THE FACTS IF YOU WON’T ACCEPT THE TRUTH

Consider the facts if you won’t accept the truth. This is what Jesus was telling the governor of Rome when he answered Pilate’s question with another question,Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”  Jesus was not avoiding the question, he was giving Pilate an opportunity to consider what he did and was going to do.  Oh! If mankind would only think of what Jesus would do instead of reacting to and being influenced by the popular opinions of others.

Pilate was more concerned about establishing a good reputation for himself with the people.  Not having a changed heart that would develop inward character, transforming him from the inside out, opposed to an outward reputation.  Take a moment and ask yourself, where am I?  Jesus was revealing to Pilate, then and to us now, that the kingdom of God is within not without … nor does it involve worldly reputations.  When Pilate asked Jesus what is truth, he was exposing his heart.  Pilate was more interested in this world’s kingdoms instead of God’s.  Pilate’s reputation was at stake.  What he would decreed was the truth as far as he was concerned.  What would he look like to the people it he agreed with Jesus?  If he agreed with the truth, he would be admitting that Jesus was the true king and had spoke the truth about himself.  This was a price Pilate was unwilling to pay.  But, Jesus was willing to pay for the truth with his very life.  He was willing to become that living sacrifice for the forgiveness of all our sin.  So whosoever believes in Jesus would not parish but have life more abundantly and life eternal.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ADVANCING THROUGH TRUTH

How the kingdom of God advances is not by force.  God’s kingdom is advancing through truth despite violent men try to take the kingdom by force.  Matthew 11:12  From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.  Even today the Kingdom of God is being assaulted and attacked because people are not willing to accept the truth.  Not only are they not willing to accept it, but they are constantly fighting against it.  But if we want to advance the Kingdom of God, we need to be a light to the world carrying the banner of truth.

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If we don’t know God’s truths how can we know which way to go?  How can we know what life is all about?  Why should and how should we live?  I encourage all of us to spend time in God’s word everyday so that we can know the truth.  Next time we’ll take a closer look at the other two questions:  Which way should I go and what’s really the meaning of life?

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

  • Miss you shoes

  • God always had , has a way to speak thru you to me to guide and encourage me in my faith…. Keep up Gods work he has for you luv ya shoes

  • Hi Billy, I’m sitting on my front porch eating breakfast and enjoying this beautiful summer day. Thanks for getting me off to a wonderful start.

  • What IS truth…He was standing right in front of Him. Great message Pastor, thank you! Jn 5:39 — Jn 5:40
    “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.

  • Thank you Ken, Jesus still confronts sinners face to face concerning their sin. If only they would humble themselves and come out of the darkness and walk into the light all would be forgiven. All who will live godly have chosen the truth, Jesus. Amen

  • Marc, thank you for your wonderful comments. You have also been a source of encouragement to me as well. Your deep desire to grow in the wisdom of God’s word along with your willingness to help and serve other is such a blessing.

    God bless you and Nicole.

  • Hello Jean, wish I was there having breakfast with you. Praise God, there is nothing like getting off to a good start in the morning. It can make all the difference in the world. And the Lord wants us to start each day with him, so when the winds and rains of life attempt to knock us off our feet, we know that our foundation is strong in Jesus. Amen

    God bless,

    Billy

  • If i was asked my favorite Scripture, consciously i’d probably say one other than John 14:6, however that quote from Jesus continually comes to my mind. As you wrote, perhaps it’s because of all the daily decisions I make and THANK God, He’s my ever present Father reminding me of Him, His Way, The Truth ,and Real life. Thanks for the sharing as we make the thousands of decisions we make each day…… researchers estimate about 35k/day.

  • Demetrius thank you. I had no idea that that many decisions come across our minds on a daily bases, however the Holy Spirit surely must have known. Amen

    Billy

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