Summary: This Sermon focuses on is what we believe the truth. Also was Jesus lying to us or is he Lord.
I Am Truth
One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.
The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened.
He found her lounging in the bedroom, still curled in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.
He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know everyday when you come home from work and ask me what in the world did I do today?” “YES” was his incredulous reply. She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”
This shows that sometimes we learn truth the hard way.
Truth is one of those words that some believe, many question and others just outright deny it.
I hope today that as we examine the challenge Jesus faced with those who couldn’t see truth, that we will be challenged to see the truth and apply it to our own lives.
“There is no such thing as absolute truth!” These are the first words that came out of one of my college professors mouth on the first day of class when I was at Kent many, many years ago. Basically what this professor was saying is that there is no right and wrong for everybody. What you believe is what is true.
Possibly many of us here squirm at the words of the professor, but there is more than likely a segment of people who take the professors statement as true.
I know this because statistics say that 3 out of 4 people outside the church don’t believe in absolute truth(there is right and wrong). That’s not the problem although. 2 out of 3 inside the Church don’t believe in absolute truth either.
For example, Story of being in Barbershop(there were four of us talking about truth and and the truth about God. I was the only one of four that said that Jesus Christ was only way to God even though we all professed to be Christians).
Many of us think because we believe it or don’t believe it that that changes the truth.
Let’s look at Jesus and how he faced challenges from some of the religious leaders regarding the truth. Please turn with me to John 8. The Pharisees and teachers of the law(religious leaders) were always questioning Jesus on all kinds of matters. Early in this chapter they had questioned Jesus about a woman caught in Adultery. Then they begin to question Jesus about himself. They think Jesus is talking about killing himself in verse 22 because he told them where I go you cannot come. Jesus has been telling them who he is all along and the religious leaders are struggling with understanding who he is. Jesus tells them in verse 42 “If God were your father you would love me, for I came from God and now am here.” They think that God is their Father and Jesus is saying if he really was then they would know who he was because he is of God. We get to verse 48 and the Jews are still confused. Verse 48 they say, aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon possessed?” Jesus responds by telling them plainly in verse 49 “I am not possessed by a demon. And he doesn’t even respond to being called a Samaritan because they could probably look at him and tell he wasn’t Samaritan. How would you feel if someone labeled you as something you were not ?
Jesus tells them in verse 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. This is interesting because they couldn’t even figure out his ethnicity and then he hits them with truth about never seeing death if they keep his word.