Thought for the week 17/01/22
Talking about the Truth
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
By the time you read this we may very well have a new leader. Speculation about his future has been mounting for weeks. After a series of disastrous performances, the truth has been exposed. But that’s enough about the situation at Reading Football Club.
This week the news has been dominated by this word ‘truth.’
Did they or didn’t they tell the truth?
From Princes to politicians. From tennis players to football managers. It seems that many people struggle with the truth. Which we probably knew anyway. Because if we’re honest with ourselves we too struggle with the truth.
For example, if your beloved spouse asked for your opinion about a new outfit they’ve just purchased – what would you say? If you wanted a quiet night alone while your partner sulked, you might risk an honest answer, “Is it meant to have lumpy bits that stick out?”
Or if your friend asked for your honest opinion about a new job they were applying for, what would you say? If you’re hoping to get home quicker, you might give truly truthful answer, “Really! Wow! I thought only really clever people applied for that role!”
Truth is we might be much more diplomatic and try to cover over some difficult facts.
Who can we trust to tell us the truth?
The Gospel of John records a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. Jesus tries to reassure his disciples by saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” John 14:1
Jesus then talks about his going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house adding, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:4
There’s only one problem with this fact – the disciples actually have no idea where Jesus is going.
Thomas says, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
To which Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus is the truth.
That means his claims are true. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.
That means his teachings are true. Jesus taught that all people including you and I have sinned and need a saviour.
That means that Jesus’ actions are true. Jesus went to the cross to forgive us for our sins.
Jesus is the truth.
And everyone who trusts what Jesus said, taught and did has a hope they can trust. One day we will get to go to our Father’s house.
This week can you and I follow Jesus by being truth tellers and pointing people to the one who is “the way, the truth and the life.”