What is truth? That’s a good question. What is truth? Did you know a very famous person in the Bible asked that question? A man named Pontius Pilate. He was a politician in Jesus day, and he had Jesus brought before him to answer criminal charges. And after talking to Jesus for a while, you know what he said…he asked that question…what is truth (John 18:38)?
So, what is truth? Truth is something that corresponds to reality, It is factual. That means the Bible is truth. According to John 17:17 the Word of God is true. And so we teach the Word of God. We teach what the Bible says, we memorize the Bible, we study the Bible and read it. We take pains to explain it. Psalm 119:160 says, “Thy word is true from the beginning.” Since the word is true, we study it to learn what is says so we can in turn believe and defend it.
Jesus says in John 14:6 that he is the truth. Personally, actually, really, Jesus is the truth. So we open the Bible, which is true, and we teach Jesus, because he is truth. I want to share with you one of the truths the Bible teaches us.
The Bible says that every man is a sinner. What this means is that every person in the entire world has sinned. That’s true. When you do something wrong, don’t you usually repeat this fact in your defense, well, “nobody’s _?” Nobody is perfect, nobody has ever done everything right. Except one, and that’s Jesus. That’s probably why Jesus describes himself as truth. Because he never sinned! But everyone else has sinned. According to Rom. 3:23 all have sinned and come short of God’s glory. According to Rom.3:10 we are all guilty and condemned before God. Now that’s not popular to say, but it’s true. We have all broken God’s law and that puts us in a bad place. Because we have broken God’s law, we stand under the sentence of condemnation. According to John 3:18 we are already condemned! That means we are already determined to be guilty because of what we have done.
Now when most people hear this they determine to get to work to try and clear themselves of the guilt. So they work and work in the hope of doing more good things then bad things. Their hope is that they will one day stand before God and he will accept them into heaven because they have done more good than bad. But that’s not how God works. The standard God sets is perfection, and if you can’t be perfect, then you can’t get into heaven. So try and try as you might, God doesn’t weigh the good and the bad, he measures you, and he measures you and finds that you come up short.
Now, this is bad news, it is hard to hear, but this is the truth. Thankfully the truth of our sinfulness before God is not the only truth that is in the Bible. The Bible presents the good news that Jesus died for us. Our sin incurred a penalty – similar to a guy who gets a penalty in hockey and has to spend time in the penalty box. The truth is that we deserve a penalty, which is death, but Christ died in our place – even while were still sinners Christ died for us (Rom.5:8). So the truth is we are sinners – but the truth also is that Jesus died for sin. He paid the price that our sins deserve by dying on the cross. Now, we can have our sins forgiven, and we can be adopted into God’s if we believe by faith.
Since Jesus died, we can be forgiven for the laws of God which we have broken (Titus 3:5; Eph.2:8-9). Stop working your way to heaven, and start believing in Jesus by faith. That’s the way to heaven. And that’s the Truth.