What is Truth?

Controversy always seems to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Why is it that the One who proclaims “Blessed are the peacemakers” leaves us with such divided perceptions about who He really is? Some want His Words suppressed while others want them published. Some claim that Jesus never even existed while others proclaim that He is the source of all existence. Some sought to kill Him while others died for Him.

So many claims by Him, so many concepts of Him, so many words written about Him! How can possibly know the truth about Him? This is the theme of our sermon series in John 7 entitled “What is Truth?” We have borrowed the sarcastic question that Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:38 as the title for this series. Let’s allow Jesus to answer the question “What is Truth?” for Himself. (Ironically, Pilate himself never allowed Jesus to answer the question he asked). In John 7:17, Jesus states, “If anyone is willing to do His will, He will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.” So there it is. It could not be stated more clearly. If you want to know who Jesus is, do what He says. As I understand this teaching, when one has the desire to be obedient, it is God’s responsibility (according to His own promise) to reveal Himself in a deeper and deeper manner. How tragic would it be to leave this world without ever giving yourself an opportunity to discover the truth of Jesus?

Join us in this short series of 5 sermons on John 7 as we seek to allow Jesus to finally answer Pilate’s question, “What is Truth?”

Bread For The Starving

“Bread for the Starving” is the title of a sermon series dealing with the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel.  The theme that dominates this chapter is Jesus’ presentation of Himself as the “Bread of Life.”  Several times in this chapter, Jesus plainly states “I Am the Bread of Life.”  He also continually reiterates this concept using various word combinations and stylistic devices.  In fact, “I Am the Bread of Life,” is perhaps the most famous of all of Jesus’ “I Am” sayings found in John’s Gospel.  This “I Am” saying of Christ presents us with two penetrating questions:  1) what does Jesus mean when He identifies Himself as the “Bread of Life”?  And 2) do I have a need that can only be met by the “Bread of Life?”

Jesus begins His offer of “Bread for the Starving” by miraculously feeding the 5,000 with literal and physical bread and fish, which they literally and physically ate.  As a result of this, as well as previous sign miracles, the crowds began to flock to Jesus.  All the time seeming to be oblivious to the fact that it was actually Jesus who was doing the seeking.  When the crowd finally caught up with Him in Capernaum, Jesus challenged their motives for seeking Him.  Were they focused on the physical or the spiritual?  Were they more interested in the temporal or the eternal?  In presenting Himself as the “Bread of Life,” He offers to meet the deepest need of humanity.  Ironically, many of Jesus’ would be disciples struggled with His offer, some even to the point of permanently abandoning Christ.

The question for all of us is why we find it so difficult to respond to Christ’s offer of eternal life.  I am not speaking of some mere external profession which is void of authenticity and duration.  Doe not Jesus’ offer presuppose our need?  Does not Jesus accurately describe the human condition?  Does not responding to Jesus require trust in and obedience to Him?  Does not Jesus offend your sense of self sufficiency?  Do you value your pride more than your soul?  When Jesus asked the 12 if they wanted to go away, Peter responded “Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life.”  Do you believe Jesus is the “Bread for the Starving?”