There was a man nearly two millennia ago who asked this lofty philosophical question. His name was Pontius Pilate.
God’s Word records this dramatic interchange in the book of John, Chapters 18 and 19. Jesus, speaking to Pilate, said “For this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)
Pilate answers with those immortal words, “What is truth?”
The irony and tragedy of the situation is that Truth Himself was standing directly in front of Pilate at that very moment, awaiting the judgment of this Roman ruler who was wilting under the weight of political intrigue and mob pressure. Jesus, Truth personified, stood quietly waiting. Pilate squirmed and sweated because he had no solid foundation on which to stand.
Pilate initially attempted some fancy political maneuvering which failed to bail him out of his mess. In the end, even though he rightly believed Jesus to be innocent of the charges against Him, Pilate ordered Him to be brutally flogged and crucified.
Pilate then did an amazing thing. As recorded in Matt. 27: 24, he washed his hands in front of the crowd and declared himself innocent of the death and bloodshed of Jesus Christ.
Pilate “believed” Jesus, but he refused to stand firmly for the truth. He was afraid for his power, wealth and position. He was afraid of what the people might think of him if he refused to be like them. And you? Are you unwilling to commit your life to Christ because you are afraid of what others will think of you?
Pilate tried to excuse his own sin and selfishness. He thought that trying hard to do what was right would be judged as worthy as actually doing what was right. He hoped he had the authority to declare himself innocent. How about you? Are you counting on being “good enough” to earn heaven? Are you excusing yourself and your sin based on false ideas and hopes?
Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God the Father and to eternal life. The path to heaven is a narrow, one-way road. Jesus said that “...only a few will find it.”
Jesus also said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14: 6) and, “You must be born again.” (John 3: 7) Do you believe Him?
You can believe whatever you want. What you cannot do, however, is choose the consequences of believing that which is not true. Failing to believe, OR failing to act on, the Truth will result in your being eternally lost.
Start your search for Truth today in God’s Word with the Book of John. It’s a great place to find the “good way.” Your life-- your eternal life-- depends on it!
“You will seek Me and find Me when you
search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29: 13)
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