The following article was originally written for and published in the April 2016 issue of Sixes Living Magazine.
“For this reason I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” John 3:37b
Pontius Pilate the Roman official who ultimately gave Jesus up to be crucified was trying to determine who exactly Jesus was and why His own people were so infuriated with him. Jesus offered no defense other than that his testimony of who God is, was true and complete.
Pilate’s response to Jesus , “What is truth?” is indicative of the human heart and reflects how the world views truth today – as being relative. Meaning that we can pick and choose what to believe and our beliefs determine our “truth”.
However, when you read the biographies of Jesus’ life (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible) it becomes readily apparent that Jesus’ himself forces us into an either/or position. Either what Jesus tells us about himself, his purpose, and his relationship to God the Father is true; or it is all a lie. There is no middle ground. We don’t have the ability to pick and choose what we like about Jesus and what we don’t. Jesus tells us it is all or nothing.
Ultimately the reason that Jesus came into the world was to show each of us that we matter to God, and to remind us how much God loves us. God defines love not as an emotion but as an act. Love is an act of sacrificial giving as reflected in these verses:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
Christ died for you and me because we matter to Him. Above all else God is desirous to have a relationship with us – today and forever. That is why he created us. However, in our creation God has given us the free will to choose Him. He doesn’t force himself and his will upon us; otherwise it wouldn’t be a relationship, it would be subjugation.
The truth is that God wants you to be whole and complete and fulfilled through choosing Him, but there is only one way in which that can happen. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
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© 2016 Michael Martin