Do you recognize the truth when you hear it? Have you tuned your heart and mind to recognize it? When you hear the truth, are you willing to accept it? Will you follow the truth, even if it is hard? Do you accept the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as the truth?
We hear people talking all day long. Much of what we hear is simply people rambling on about something of little importance. We hear all kinds of rumors, even more so in regard to the current pandemic. “Who tested positive?” “Where did they come in contact with it?” “Why weren’t they listening to the experts and taking it serious?”
Of course, most of us aren’t contributing truth to the matter ourselves. We condemn the person we’re talking about with only part of the information. We heard one piece of it, and we’re not even sure if that is true, then we start talking about how stupid the person was. We fail to realize we don’t know the whole situation. We are not investigators who are interviewing everyone involved and collecting evidence. Yet we are quick to condemn.
It was much the same with Jesus. He was condemned without the Jewish leadership knowing fully who He was. They didn’t really investigate His deeds nor the prophecy about Him. They simply knew that He was pulling people away from their teaching and costing them money. The Roman Governor, Pilate, only condemned Him to appease the Jewish leadership and an angry mob. Have we considered we are just like them?
We are called to follow the truth. We are instructed to seek the truth. The truth we are to seek is Jesus. He told us explicitly that He is the truth (John 14:6). This seeking is not simply meant to be a scavenger hunt. It is to be an investigation, an earnest search, followed by our acceptance of His truth and following Him.
When we honestly seek to know Jesus, to know God, we will begin to obtain a heart and mind like His. The more we become like Him, the easier it will be for us to identify the truth when we hear it. We will be able to ignore the false rumors and point out the half-truths and lies we hear every day. We will give credit to those who witness, absorbing their message as truth.
I pray we all seek the truth and give up listening to the rabble all around us. I pray each one of us will accept the truth of Jesus Christ. I pray we follow His teaching as related by eyewitnesses and appointed apostles. Seek the truth. Seek Jesus. Discard lies. Follow Jesus.
John 19:32-35 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.