Truth (John 17-18)

Back in John 10:26-27, Jesus said to the Jews,

But you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.

We see Jesus saying something similar to Pilate in chapter 10.

Everyone who is of the truth, listens to my voice. (10:37)

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to the truth. A world of people who, like Pilate, ask, “What is truth?”

To the world, truth is relative. They think humans decide for themselves what truth is. If they want to believe in Buddha, that’s truth for them. If they believe that Biblical moral values are out of date and that modern cultural values are truth, that’s truth for them.

But when Jesus prayed to the Father, he prayed,

Your word is truth. (17:17)

Do we believe that?

Christ’s sheep listen to his voice and follow him. If we don’t do those things, we don’t truly belong to him. We don’t belong to the truth.

When the Bible contradicts what you believe, what do you do? Do you change your thinking to match God’s? Or do you try to change the Bible to match your thinking?

Do we say with Jesus, “Father, your Word is truth”?

Who is your shepherd?

The culture we live in?

Or Jesus?

Who are you following?

 

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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