June 18, 2008
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
Pontius Pilate once asked, "What is truth?" When Jesus stood before this powerful representative of Rome, the procurator was quite confident his question would never be answered.
Sometimes I'm almost inclined to agree with him. Let me explain: A few weeks ago, a waitress by the name of Stacey Fearnal thought she was doing a good deed when she raised $2,700 by donating her hair to a cancer research charity.
It may have been a good deed, but as the expression goes "No good deed ever goes unpunished."
Stacey told Canada's CTV that her boss at Nathaniel's restaurant fired her for breaking the staff's stringent dress code. Because of what she had done, Fearnal was told to wear a wig or not bother to come back to work - - at least not until her hair had grown back.
When asked by the news to explain his action, Stacey's boss said he hadn't fired her. He hadn't fired her at all. He just didn't want an almost bald lady waiting on the restaurant's clientèle.
So, was Stacey fired, or was she merely told to do something about her cue-ball look?
I'll never know. You probably won't either. A lot of life is like that. If you think I'm not telling the truth, then watch some of the TV court shows. It's hard to decide who is being truthful. And this takes us back to Pilate's question: "What is truth?"
The answer to Pilate's query is simple: Jesus is truth. With their lives and by their deaths, the apostles said Jesus' story of salvation was true. The Savior's fulfillment of the ancient prophecies tells us He is truth. Even the voice of the heavenly Father says Jesus is His Son who has done all things necessary for our salvation. We can believe in the Christ without doubt, without reservation.
Even if we don't believe anything else.
So, are you looking for truth? How about a friend or family member - - are they looking for truth?
All of us can be given truth in Jesus. It is He who dedicated His life to ridding us of sin and redeeming us for heaven. That's something you can believe in
. . . because it's true.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, all of us have heard conflicting stories, reports, and rumors. Sometimes it's difficult to completely believe in anything. I pray You will send Your Holy Spirit upon me and this sinful world so we may look to You Who alone is the Way, the Life, and the Truth. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries