Last time out, we considered Jesus the Way. We pondered on him as the way to God, the way of God, and so on. A critical underpinning in our adventure into the word of God is our attentiveness to the disclosures that the Lord makes concerning his person. When He refers to himself as something, we’d do well to pay attention, for therein is revealed our access point to that reality.
Today we’d be looking at Jesus the Truth. What does he mean by saying: I am…the Truth. We’d be limiting ourselves if we think of truth in terms of the opposite of a lie. Whilst that is true and profitable, it’s quite limited when we apply it in the context of our current discussion. Let’s take a closer look.
Firstly, Jesus is the disclosure of God. What do we mean? For years, mankind wondered what God was like, what are his attributes, what kind of a person he was. Hence we find all through the centuries the various attempt by man to capture what he thought was the best representation of God and how best he ought to relate with him. The Apostle Paul in his excellent speech on Mar’s Hill said this:
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Then, what is the Godhead like unto? The answer: Jesus Christ. We can then understand when Jesus says:
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
In the books of Hebrews:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The emphasis is on verse three: Christ the Brightness of the Glory of God. Christ the Express image (the expression) of God. As if to say whenever God wanted to express himself, Christ is the result. I pray that the Lord will grant us understanding. This is the truth. So once and for all, God displayed who He was to man, in the person of Christ.
Secondly. He is the reality. What I mean is this. In the above point, we said that, He was God’s disclosure of himself to man.
Now, we are saying that He is God’s design and desire of who a man ought to be. He is God’s idea for mankind. I hope we get this. Any departure from who he is, is a departure from who God’s desires us to be. Such a life can’t please God, for in Christ, God made clear the life that pleases him.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
We notice: Hear ye him. He is now the accredited dispenser of the realities of God, remember that the Holy Spirit Jesus says, shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:14)
Thus Christ is the truth of God concerning the reality of man. Hence the need for our RECREATION. (Ephesians 2:10). Because without it, we are alien to the truth of God, and our lives would never gain any traction concerning God and his kingdom. We’d remain in enmity with God. So Christ is the reality of Man.