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We just can't avoid Jesus

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom." (Psalm 51:6)

Jesus had just finished telling Pilate that He was, in fact, a king. The reason for His being in the world was to bear witness to the truth. (John 18:37) What was it, then, about Jesus that made Pilate ask the King of the Jews who was on trial, "What is truth?" Jesus never answered Pilateís question.

The words of Pilate continue to echo in my head. "What is truth?" (John 18:38)

Why didnít Jesus answer Pilate? At no time had Pilate accepted or understood the ministry of Jesus. Others, who walked with Jesus, knew the answer to the question. They did not need to ask because Jesus had clearly said, "I am the way, the truth and the life..." (John 14:6)

His words had touched the hearts of the apostles and they understood, not with their minds, but deep within their spirit. For, standing right before them was the Logos, full of grace, the very Truth of God Himself! (John 1:14.17; 8:32)

I would love to have seen Jesus face to face in those moments! That is why, because millions upon millions of us were not destined to be there at that time in history, He sent the Holy Spirit, to point the way to Him! His promise still stands for us, just as when He spoke to that famous doubter, Thomas, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) It is God "...who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4)

And so, Jesus finishes His statement, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

Are you willing to receive the Truth?

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