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Jesus, the Truth


We shall try and understand “truth” by analyzing its opposite, the lie. In Adam and Eve’s story, God told them the truth, whereas the serpent lied to them (Gen 3:1-3). The first parents believed the liar and rejected the truth. Throughout salvation history, God has told only the truth through the Law and the prophets. Many followed the truth, and most went away from the truth and worshipped false gods. So, turning away from the truth is sin.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus identified himself with the truth. He did not just talk about God, instead, he showed how God was like. There were many false leaders during Jesus’ public ministry. But they were no better than ‘the blind leading the blind’ (Mt 15:14). Jesus is the only truth because he is God. “Jesus went on to say to the Jews who believed in him, ‘If you live in my word, you will indeed be my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’” (Jn 8:31-32).

The lie might give a temporary solution but will not last and will ultimately lead to destruction. Jesus always told the truth, and his enemies crucified him. That later paved way for his victory over death. The martyrs of the church and many other Christians stood for the truth and suffered. They still live in heaven and the devotions of the believers. Being truthful to our doctor, confessor, lawyer, parent, or friend is necessary for our success in distress. The lie of the devil brought punishment to humanity. The truth of Jesus leads us to victory over evil and sin.


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