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Truth or Consequences
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 16, 2009

In an incredible series of teachings called “The Truth Project” Dr. Del Tackett of Focus on the Family reveals in the Word of God the reason Jesus came in the form of finite man to dwell among the living dead.

John 18:37 “You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

Here is one of the clearest and most objective statements that Jesus made about the reason He came into the world. This statement doesn't override the others, in fact, I think it helps to clarify many of them. For example, in 1 John 3:8, we are told that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. What is the devil? A liar. When Jesus said that He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword, we understand that it is not a worldly sword that He is referring to. The Scripture makes reference over and over again to the sword being the Word of God (Eph 6:17), which in Hebrews 4:12 reiterates that it divides (“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”) This reinforces what Jesus said about coming for judgment that the blind should see (John 9:39), coming as a light (John 12:46), came to preach (Mark 1:38), came to give us understanding so that we would know Him Who is true (1 John 5:20), and so on.

Now, so there is no misunderstanding. This does not, in any way, diminish the great, grand and glorious purpose of Jesus to give His life as a ransom (Matt 20:28), that He appeared to take away our sins (1 John 3:5), that He came to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10). That is another of those astounding things that are beyond comprehension—that God would, Himself, take the penalty and wrath that was due us. Absolutely breathtaking.

So, our focus upon the words of Jesus to Pilate that He was born and came into the world to testify to the truth, should not be seen as diminishing the work of Christ upon the cross nor the power of the resurrection. But, it is evident that the life of Jesus was dedicated to this task of testifying to the truth. And, in a world that is dead set against truth, it is time for us to elevate it to its proper place.

I would like to ask several questions to get you thinking. First, regardless of the source what do you do when you are confronted with Biblical truth? And can you tell when you're being lied to and what do you do then? Is it ever acceptable for a Christian to lie? Are all lies sin? Is it acceptable to believe a lie when facing the truth is too painful? Is it acceptable to lie to avoid causing pain? Is it acceptable to lie when your intention is to protect or avoid hurting some one you love? Is it ever acceptable to God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit for a child of God to lie? How you answer these questions determines a lot about you and your relationship with a God Who cannot lie. He will tell you the truth “covered in love” regardless of how much it hurts. Why? Because truth is the absolute best gift anyone can give to another person.

Jesus in His own words declares the intention of His ministry in these words from Luke 4:17 And there was handed to Him [Jesus] [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written, [Isaiah 61:1, 2.] 18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed one, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], 19 To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.] [Isaiah 61:1, 2.] Jesus healed with the truth of the Word of God. Jesus preached, announced, declared, proclaimed, and shared truth with anyone who would listen. Truth is necessary to every believer. As necessary as the air we breathe. Jesus never lied to keep His followers from leaving or to avoid hurting someone. Just ask Peter, who must have been stunned, when Jesus rebuked him saying: Matthew 16:23 But He [Jesus] turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

Psalms 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are deceitful and liars. And Revelation 21:8 but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. I realize that I am included in the all of these scriptures and who can deliver me and you from this body of death? Romans 7:24 O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? 25 O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed one) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. 8:1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [John 3:18.] 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. I hope you can hear, as I do the voice of our Lord and Saviour, “Go and sin no more.” As disciples we are called to follow Jesus Who said He was the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father, but by Him. Jesus pursued truth at all cost and as His followers can we agree that we are called to believe, pursue, desire, and live truth?

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