"The Whole Truth"
May 21, 2015
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
Just wondering, how did you celebrate April 30, which is National Honesty Day?
If you're like me, in ignorance you let the last day of April pass by unnoticed. That may be because you were still plotting revenge for the lies people pulled on you the first day of April, aka, April Fool's Day.
Statisticians tell us we all tell lies. We tell little white lies, big, black lies, and lies of omission. According to a 3,000-person survey conducted by London's Science Museum, the average man tells three lies a day, and the average woman tells two.
If you're curious, the most frequent lie men tell is "I didn't have that much to drink." The most frequent lie spoken by women is "Nothing's wrong. I'm fine." Other common lies which are not gender specific are "Oh yeah, I remember you"; "Yeah, I'm listening"; "Sorry, I can't make it that day. I'm busy"; and "I just love what you're wearing."
Surprisingly, or perhaps not so much so, is the person most lied to is our mothers. That's probably because their expectations for us always remains high.
As long as we're talking about the truth, according to a poll by George Gallup, nurses are listed as the most honest of professionals; members of Congress are the least trusted, and pastors are in the middle. That puts us right behind policemen and slightly ahead of bankers and lawyers.
With all this lying going on, it's little wonder Pontius Pilate wondered, "What is truth?" (see John 18:38). There is an answer to that question. The answer is "Jesus."
In the Lord's Word, which also happens to be truth (see John 17:17), the Savior tells us that He is the Truth.
He is not one of many truths. He is not a partial truth, a sort-of truth, nor a truth which is true for a few select people. He is not a temporary truth, which is reliable today and will be disproven tomorrow. Jesus is the Truth.
That means His words are true; His promises are reliable, and His statements concerning salvation are beyond all contestation.
In practical terms that means Jesus is the Physician of our souls, the Water of Life, the Bread who nourishes our spiritual hunger. We can believe Him when He says He is the Light of the world, whose sacrifice brings us out of sin's darkness. Should we go on? Should we mention how Jesus rightly claimed to be the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for the sheep? Should we speak of Jesus as being the Door, whose sacrifice opens heaven to all who believe?
These things we can accept and rely on because they come from the lips of God's Son whose credentials are proven by His resurrection, which conquered death and defeated the grave.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in a world of human lies, I give thanks You are the Truth who has given me a cause for hope and a surety to believe. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries