What Is Truth?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:19-40

33 Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”

35 Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”

36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would fight so that I wouldn’t have been arrested by the Jewish leaders. My kingdom isn’t from here.”

37 “So you are a king?” Pilate said.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.”

38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked.

Pilate asks a question at the end of the lesson, “What is truth?” All ways wanting to be helpful, I decided to seek an answer for him. Dictionary.com says truth is:

  • the quality or state of being true
  • that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality
  • a fact or belief that is accepted as true

Most of us know what the meaning of the word truth is. It is without falsehood. We know that truth and lies do not coexist. Or do they?

I came to a conclusion sometime back. One day I realized someone didn’t know the truth but truly believed they did. It was their perception of the truth. When they refused to accept the actual truth, I realized, perception trumps reality. Another way of saying it is, perception trumps truth.

A man believes because his boss is always pushing him to do more, to do better, that his boss doesn’t like him and wants to fire him. His reality, for better or worse is, his boss has it in for him and wants him gone. The flaw in that line of thought is, the boss knows the man is capable of better and capable of more. The boss pushes hard to help the man see he is only limited by the limitations he puts on himself.

In the crucifixion story, the people perceived the Pharisees had their best interests at the forefront of their minds and actions. In reality, the Pharisees were really only worried about the things that would benefit them. The Pharisees were more than happy to let the perception of the people remain regardless of the truth. Why? Because it served the Pharisee’s purpose. That would mean the people had a misguided perception and their spiritual leaders allowed them to continue with the wrong idea.

One more thing for Pilate. When Jesus stood before you, you had the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Messiah standing before you. The man who stood before you was more important than you or any of the rest of us and you missed it. And Pilate? That is not perception. That is truth.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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