Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:4-6 ESV)
We live in a culture where right and wrong have become increasingly subjective. In an effort to make everyone “feel comfortable” absolute truth has been kicked to the curb in lieu of sentimentalism. Subjectivism has not only established a foothold in the world but in the church as well. The Apostle Paul spoke of our day when he wrote, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV)
The world is in desperate need of truth. Where better find truth than in the man who professed to be truth itself; Jesus Christ. John gave testimony of the truth in the person of Jesus. He wrote, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:14, 17)
The divine aspect of Jesus’ nature prevented him from being anything but truth. John also wrote that the Word that became flesh was the same Word that was God (John 1:1). Jesus being the God/Man could only speak truth. The writer of Hebrews wrote that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Jesus said that he spoke what he heard from God (John 8:26); what the Father taught him (John 8:28); what he saw with his Father (John 8:38) and that God’s word is truth (John 17:17). He was given authority to speak by the Father and recognized it as a commandment from him. “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (John 12:49-50 ESV) The words Jesus spoke were and still remain that of eternal life.
Not only did Jesus speak the truth, he lived the truth. He did what he saw the Father doing (John 5:19) and always pleased the Father in what he did (John 8:29). Jesus also lived truth in that he lived a sinless life. Paul wrote, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV) The writer of Hebrews wrote, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 ESV)
Paul gave us two reasons why Jesus lived a life of truth. “For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.” (Romans 15:8-9 ESV)
Before Jesus ascended to the Father he promised to leave truth with us. “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26 ESV) It is the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit that bears witness that Jesus is the truth. Jesus also said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:12-13 ESV)
The words Jesus spoke while on earth are just as true now and they were then. Truth has not changed. There is no variation or shadow of change with God (James 1:17). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
That’s why we praise him!