Is He What He Claims To Be
Throughout the history of the world, man has been searching for truth. Philosophers, educationists, scientists, and researchers are all searching for truth. It's obvious that all of our educational institutions have been set up chiefly to discover truth. When you find yourself on any university campus, you would see them conducting researches and experiments on various topics and things like that, with the assistance of their professors who are well-versed in their area of expertise. Their main and ultimate objective is to come out with conclusions and discoveries. In other words, they are trying to search for the truth in their area of study.
But do we seem to discover the real truth? If the truth has been identified, then what are we still searching for?
About 2020 years ago, someone remarkably claimed to be the truth. Yes, you read it right. He claimed to be the truth. The question is, is he actually what he claims to be? Jesus Christ said " I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life"—John 14:6.
Let's do an exposition on "the truth" aspect of the statement.
And Jesus declared "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the father except through me"— John 14:6
From the preface above, I already indicated that Jesus claims to be the truth. When Jesus was arrested and brought to trial before the Roman Emperor of the time, Pontius Pilate, Jesus told him that if they had known the truth, they wouldn't have done what they did. Then Pilate asked Jesus, what is truth?
From the very beginning, man has the desire deep down his heart to search for truth. Truth, by definition is true fact, accuracy, correctness, perfection and genuine depiction of reality. And to know the truth, we conduct research and experiments, but something dramatic happened when this question was thrown to Jesus.
What's more? Before these events, Jesus already told his disciples the obvious that he is the truth. So analysing this carefully, can we conclude that Jesus is the truth? Pontius Pilate, at the time only knew Jesus as someone who claims to be the son of God and has been brought to trial.
If Pilate had heard and understood Jesus' statement, would he have asked that question. What Jesus actually meant was not that he is a teacher of truth, or that he knows what the truth is or something else which may sound good and right. The statement actually points to the fact that Jesus is the incarnation and the embodiment of truth. He is truth personified. He is the blueprint and the reference point for evaluating truth claims. He is the very essence of truth.
John 1:14 says that Jesus is full of Grace and Truth.
Psalm 85:10 says that Mercy and Truth are mixed together. Is Jesus Christ actually what he claims to be? Earlier on, I defined truth as perfection, and the Bible says that Jesus Christ is a perfect man; He was tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Many religious leaders came before and after Jesus, yet none of them claimed to be the truth. Buddha Shakyamuni, the great spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism never said that. In fact, he said in one of his writings that he is still searching for truth. Confucius, the influential Chinese philosopher and founder of Confucianism never said that. Mohammed, the great messenger of Allah and the founder of Islam never said that he is the truth. None other religious leader throughout history ever said that; only Jesus did.
For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins— Hebrews 10:26
What's the endpoint then? Hebrews 12:1 tells us that "Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us... ". In other words, the above premises can, without further premises, point to one and only one conclusion, and that is the fact that Jesus Christ really is the truth.
Hebrews 10:26, as I have already indicated above, admonishes us to receive the knowledge of the truth. Now truth has a personality and that is Jesus. No wonder He knows a lot without learning (The Pharisees once said this in one of the gospels). That's very interesting. Jesus also said that when you know the truth, it will make you free. This parallels what He said later, that the son shall make you free indeed. How will the truth make you free? Even from a layman's point of view, when you indulge in an act and you have been asked to tell what happened and you tell a lie, you have the sole responsibility to remember exactly what you said. Is that not a burden? On the other hand, when you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything, because the truth is always one. You will be free as a result.
Questions for Reflection
- Do you know the truth?
- Have you been enlightened on what the real truth is?
- Have you been made free by the truth?
You can give short answers to these questions in the comments section down below. God bless you.
© 2020 Ernest Festus Awudey