‘The clearest voices come by way of those who have been forgiven.’
The truth is hard to come by these days.
This is a time when it seems that no one’s word can be trusted. Everyone has their own version of the truth. And if their version turns out to not be verified, it’s not because they were wrong or they lied; it’s an “alternative fact.” Your take on the news is not based on what the newspaper says or the television news reports, but on which newspaper you read and which television news you watch. Unbiased journalism appears to be a thing of the past. Into this maze, the words of Jesus appear almost naive: “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” To which we all could say like Pilate, “What is truth?”
In our understanding of Pilate, that statement always seemed sarcastic, but maybe not. Maybe Pilate really did want to know the answer and the truth was as hard to come by then as it is now. When you only have everyone’s version of the truth to choose from, it’s hard to know who to believe.
Here’s what I believe Jesus meant by knowing the truth:
- Know the truth about yourself. You are all sinners and none of you tells the truth all the time. You all have your own versions of things because of your sinful self-protection.
- Know the truth about God. God knows this about you and because He loves you, He sent me here to do something about that so you could be restored to the relationship with God that He meant for all of us.
- Know the truth about Me. I came from God. I am His only begotten Son. I am the perfect sacrifice for your sins, and not only your sins, but for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, I can set you free from your lies.
At a time when truth is hard to come by and no one knows who to trust, we need a clear voice, and the clearest voices come by way of those who have been forgiven. Lies have to do with hiding. Those under the grace of God have nothing to hide. They are therefore free to turn that grace outward in their dealings with others — free to extend the same grace that has been extended to them. This is precisely why Grace Turned Outward is the message for today.