Can you imagine binding God the Son with ropes? Of slapping him in the face? Of delivering him over to Pilate to have him crucified? The Jewish council had no clue of the Truth that stood before them. Their eyes remained blinded to the One who could lead them to the throne of God. They were deaf to the Word of God standing in truth to expose the lies filling their hearts. At least, Pilate explored the possibility of truth when he questioned Jesus.
“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world,
that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Pilate saith unto him,
What is truth?”
Facing the Truth when we are bound in lies causes us to hide from him or run the other way. But it is only in our facing the Truth we can be made free from the sin that deceives our hearts. To answer Pilate’s question,
the Truth is the living Word.
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God …
And of his fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ …
Sanctify them through thy truth,
thy word is truth …
And for their sakes I sanctify myself,
that they also might be sanctified through the truth…
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life …”
John 1:1,2,16,17; John 17:17,19; John 14:6a
Often we are tempted to – bind God the Son with ropes of disbelief; slap him in the face with our disobedience; leave him on the cross by denouncing the freedom he has won for us. We stand clueless, blinded, and deaf to the living Word of God instead of receiving or at least investigating the Truth that sets us free from the power and punishment of sin. Jesus and Paul spoke to this end –
“If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free …
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed …
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
John 8:32,36; Romans 8:2
Sanctification comes by faith through grace to receive the truth found in the Word. It sets us apart from the way of the world and keeps us growing in the Way and the Truth, which is Jesus Christ.
What is truth? How does God define truth? The challenge is to know the Truth and walk in Him.