Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17
The truth can be a pretty hard thing to get hold of.
If you doubt that, an article that made the rounds last week may make you a believer.
Here is Mr. Esposito's version of the truth: Mr. Esposito went to his restaurant in Campania, Italy, to find two nuns and a priest smashing his furniture and crockery. When he tried to stop them, the priest hit him with a chair, and while he was down, the nuns kicked him. Mr. Esposito said he was beaten up because he wouldn't run the business "under the table."
Here is the priest and nun's version of the truth: the priest and nuns went to visit property owned by the convent. They found Mr. Esposito had taken over, had knocked down a wall, and had brought in chairs. They were moving the chairs when Mr. Esposito walked in. They don't know how Mr. Esposito got hurt, but the 83-year-old nuns were pretty sure they didn't do it.
So, who's telling the truth?
I don't know. I doubt if I'll ever know -- and after this devotion is done -- I probably won't give it a second thought. It's really not my business.
On the other hand, there are times when it is incredibly important to know if someone is telling the truth.
When the Savior says, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6), it is important He is telling the truth. When the Bible says, "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12), it is important it is telling the truth.
So, are they... telling the truth, that is?
You can be confident they are. Scripture records more than 100 prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus in His lifetime. Scripture tells us how Jesus did things only God can do. Most importantly, the empty grave of resurrection Sunday says that Jesus is unique. He is everything He claimed to be. He is our Savior.
And He can be trusted.
That is very good news, because I don't know where else I could go for forgiveness, salvation, hope, and eternal life.
THE PRAYER: Dear Savior for being the Truth and sharing Your story of salvation in Your holy and inspired Word, I give thanks. Help me to live and walk in Your truth always. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries