Truth is… (part 2)
by: Erin Warren | January 19, 2017
“It’s time for bed.”
“But it’s still light outside.”
“Your shoes are on the wrong feet.”
“I don’t think so.”
“He has more pretzels than me.”
“Each of you have the same amount.”
My children doubt me all the time. It frustrates me more than I care to admit. Why can’t they just trust my words? I’m so glad God isn’t like that with us.
The more I study the gospels, the more I appreciate the humanness of the disciples. I think in my head I always believed that they dropped their nets and followed him blindly – just always believing what Jesus said was true and never struggling to process what they witnessed every day for three years. As I read and studied more, I began to realize that these twelve men who witnessed Jesus heal the sick, give sight to blind, raise the dead and take a meager meal and multiply it to feed 5,000 still struggled to grasp who Jesus was. They continually questioned who He really was even to the very end. Most of the gospels only give a quick view of Jesus’ last evening with the disciples, but John dedicated five chapters to these last hours.
I can’t imagine how hard that night must have been for Jesus, knowing everything He was about to face. Yet, He was intentional to explain again to His disciples what was about to happen and give final instructions. Last week, I explored the first two elements of God that the Bible says are truth (To read part 1, click here). This week, let’s look at the other two.
3. Jesus is Truth
As Jesus and the disciples are sharing the Passover meal, Jesus begins to tell the disciples that He is going away. He has already washed their feet, predicted Judas’ betrayal and sent him out and predicted Peter’s denial (John 13). Then he says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
“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 14:5-6)
Plain and simple. All the messages Jesus preached, the words He spoke to His disciples, it all boils done to one simple truth: Jesus is the way. Jesus is the truth. Jesus is the life. The Greek Word for “truth” means “I am he in whom the truth is summed up and impersonated.”* I just love that! All truth is found in Jesus. He is the sum of all truth!
But Phillip wasn’t done. In the next verse he tells Jesus “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” (v 8, NIV) I wonder if Jesus rolled his eyes or sighed at Phillip.
Even at the end, the disciples are still asking questions. It’s a lot to grasp. I love that we have a God who is patient with our human minds. We try to explain, rationalize and answer, but He answers all our questions about who Jesus is one verse: the way, the truth, and the life.
Jesus was going away though, and the disciples were scared. I honestly would be too if I had spent three years walking alongside Jesus. So He promised the fourth element of truth:
4. The Holy Spirit is Truth
Four times in these five chapters, Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit is coming. He calls the Holy Spirit two different names repeatedly in these instances: Helper and Spirit of Truth.
Helper – This word is used in John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26 & 16:7. The definition of the Greek Word used here gives the Holy Spirit two purposes* as our helper or advocate:
Lead to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth
Give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom
The Spirit of Truth – Jesus used this phrase three times in John 14:1, 15:26 & 16:13 explaining five jobs of the Holy Spirit in our lives:
He dwells in us (John 14:17)
Teach us (John 14:26)
Bring His teaching to mind (i.e. – help us remember what we learned; John 14:26)
Bear witness of Jesus (John 15:26)
Guide us in Truth – (John 16:13) “The truth, as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposed alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews and to the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians.”*
When we accept Jesus as truth, the way and our Savior, we get this amazing gift in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does so much to help us. It’s why we don’t have to be intimidated when opening our Bibles. There is so much truth in those pages and worth our time studying.
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*Source: Thayer’s Greek Lexicon