And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
I think being God must be a difficult job.
That's true for a number of reasons, not the least of which is being holy, God doesn't lie. Now I know you're going to say, "None of us are supposed to lie." Of course, in saying that, you are correct: we aren't supposed to lie. We aren't supposed to, but we all do.
* When a young girl asks her father, "Daddy, what did you think of my boyfriend?" Daddy is not going to tell his daughter what he really thinks about the pipsqueak who is chasing her.
* When a bride asks her groom, "What kind of flowers do you want at the wedding?" he's going to lie, pretend he cares, and act like he can tell the difference between a petunia and poison ivy.
* When a husband asks his wife, "Does it bother you that I've put on 72 pounds since we got married?" she's going to say, "Have you really? I never noticed." When she catches him glancing at an attractive girl, and she asks, "Do you think she's pretty?" a wise man is going to lie and say, "Compared to you, she's plain as a penny."
* When your boss comes up with a silly idea which he thinks is brilliant, are you prepared to tell him the truth when he asks for your honest opinion?
The truth is we lie. We tell white lies, black lies, little lies, big lies, innocent lies, vicious lies. We lie about that which is important and that which is inconsequential. Lying is a luxury God doesn't have, not even if that lie might make people like Him or love Him.
The truth is God is holy and, by nature, He can't tell you an untruth.
The same can be said about His Holy Word, which is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. You can see God's truth come to life in the Person of His Son Jesus. Through the words, the miracles, the life and suffering of His Son, God was telling us He cared and wanted to save us. God told the truth, but the world doesn't ever want to listen.
In Jesus' day, the leaders of the religious community were dedicated to silencing the Savior and substituting lies for His assurance, which said, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6b).
And so, Jesus was crucified. When the Roman execution squad said, "Jesus is dead," you can be sure it was telling the truth. When Jesus' friends and family laid His body in a borrowed tomb, you can be sure it was Christ's corpse they placed there.
And you can be equally sure of what happened three days later.
You can be sure God told the truth when His angels announced Jesus had defeated death. You can be sure Jesus' victorious appearing has won eternal life for all who are given faith in Him. And one last thing you can be sure of -- you can be sure the Holy Spirit is telling the truth when He inspired Paul to write, "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant that I may hear Your truth and reject the world's many lies. This I ask in the Name of the Savior who is truth. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries