What is Truth? Jesus Is the Truth! – John 18:37-38

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

John 18:37b-38a NIV

What is truth? Pilate was a politician and had been dealing with both Roman and Jewish officials for many years. And he had likely figured out that what is consider true to some is not what others consider true. And that is just as true today. Just look at the opposing groups who all passionately proclaim to be on the side of truth in politicking, protesting over social issues, or even who the greatest quarterback of all time is. If you listen to both sides of the debate on any of these issues you will likely end up jaded like Pilate was; is there such a thing as truth.

But while sometimes truth is relative, there is absolute truth, truth that does not change and is not subject to human perspective or desires. Jesus claims to be the truth (John 14:6), and tells Pilate that he has come to testify to the truth. While we do see absolute truth in other places, Jesus is the ultimate truth on which all other truth stands. He is our creator and sustainer (Col. 1:16-17) and the ground of all truth. In the midst of a world where truth seems so hard to find, hold tightly to Jesus, the ultimate truth.

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