Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Truth Project
So, recently my dad (who is actually a pastor) started the Truth Project with our church, but there was a minor difference. Ours start at 6:30 in the evening. So, back the point of this post. Tonight we kicked off the 12 week program. I jotted down some notes that I'll go off of.
The biggest thing in this lesson, a huge one for me, was the following question. "Why did Jesus come into the world?" Now, that may seem very basic for a lot of you guys (and gals) but the answer wasn't what I thought it would be. Read the following: Jesus-"...for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth." (Emphasis added) That passage is inside John 18:37. If you didn't catch that, Jesus is saying this before Pilate, that He(Christ Jesus) came to Testify to the Truth. Now, this is not to say that Jesus did not come to save sinners. It is very clear through the Gospels that He did. But what was new here is that throughout my 13 years of church, I do not recall one time being told this. Not once.
But here Jesus is, telling Pilate that He came to testify to the truth. So this is not to say that the church should stop saying that Jesus came to save sinners, but rather that they should also say that Jesus came to Testify to the Truth.
But that's not all of what this lesson covered, not by far. I won't begin to be able to cover all of the stuff that came up in this lesson, but I'll go on rambling a little longer, so with that thought, I move to point two.
*Booming Voice* "Point Two*
So, if Jesus was testifying as He said He was, what was on trial? (in case you're confused, in this case testifying is used in reference to a trial like in court) Since there's not exactly a way to make you think about it for a moment, I'll just say it. The truth was on trial. The world was in a sense suing(?) truth. The world had converted truth to a twisted opposite. The lie. Untruth. Inspired and created by satan, the snake brought the lie, the opposite of the language of God, to the world. And so the subject on truth was on trial, and continues to be on trial today. That's the ever-going battle, lies vs Truth.
Sadly, I cannot remember if the famous quote, "The truth will set you free" is from the Bible or just a famous saying. But in the Truth Project, another question was-"If the Truth sets us free, what holds us captive?" I think the answer is obvious by now. And that is lies.
One last point and that'll be it (until next week hehe)
So, Jesus said that He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life correct? Yes, correct. So we know He's the Way. The Way to the Father, the Way to Heaven, and the Way to the Cross. We know He's the Life. We cannot live life how God intended without Him. But that leaves one thing. The Truth. And that begs one more question. Us Christians are fine with the Way and the Life. Actually we love the Way and the Life. But how does mankind and us Christians respond to Truth. I mean really, how do we respond to truth. That's not for me to answer. And so I'll leave it at that. That's for you and God.
So, I end this post until next week. But not with one last statement, barely a sentence I promise ;),
"What is Truth?"