Summary: Truth regarding heaven must be told because people want the truth about what is real
John 13:36-14:29 (NLT)
36 Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you going?”
And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”
37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I am ready to die for you.”
38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? No, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.
14 “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do…
19 In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. For I will live again, and you will, too. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you… 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
A. Truth in a hospitable God
13 If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the LORD. Jer.29:13-14 (NLT)
Did you hear about the scandal at the NY Times that forced the resignation of their two top editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd. It happened because on May 1, 2003. New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, 27, resigned after fabricating quotes, falsifying datelines and using material from other newspapers.
May 15. Editor Howell Raines accepts blame for breakdown in communications that allowed Blair’s fraud. He said he would not resign unless requested by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. who said he would not accept his resignation if it were offered.
May 19. Blair’s picture appears on the cover of Newsweek.
May 21. The New York Observer publishes first extensive interview with Blair, in which he appears to take pride in his deceptions. "I fooled the most brilliant people in journalism," Blair says. He had been "drunk on assignment" and a "former total cokehead." Blair is looking for a book deal.
May 23. The newspaper suspends Pulitzer Prize winning writer Rick Bragg for two weeks after it determined that an article should have also carried the byline of a freelancer.
May 28. Bragg resigns.
June 5. Resignations of Raines and Gerald Boyd accepted by Sulzberger.
Source: USAToday.com, June 5, 2003.
What this story tells me, is that there is a world out there that wants to know the truth. people don’t like to be told lies. They want to know the truth. The lies told by Bill Clinton regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky will forever dog the former president’s reputation. People knew he lied. So I am quite sure the public will snap up the new book Hilary Clinton wrote called “Living History” which tells all about how she was lied to by her husband. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs was caught using a corked bat in major league baseball this past week, and he cheated and now his reputation is tainted and the many of his homeruns are now questioned. Major league baseball sure did not like that. And even now the invasion of Iraq is being questioned, where is the massive dump of chemical/biological weapons, and there are folks who believe that all the so-called evidence was fabricated to justify an invasion. people don’t want to be told a fib, isn’t this true?