Posted on: 1st April 2019
Where are you going? There are lots of great theories about where we will end up in five years. Some say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Others say “Tell me your life-shaping habits.” This week we are considering the statement of Jesus, that He is the truth.
I once heard a story that took place on an old style train, similar to those on Bond films or the Hogwarts Express. In one of the cabins there were four people doing stereotypical things. A young lady sat reading a magazine, an older lady was knitting, a student was sat bored – listening to his youth leader talking at him like youth leaders do. All of a sudden the train went through a tunnel, the lights went out and the cabin was in darkness. There were then two noises heard, that of a kiss and then the sound of a slap across the face. When the train emerged from the tunnel, the youth leader held his hurting face, embarrassed by what had happened.
Everyone in the cabin knew what had just taken place; but they all had contradictory explanations. The youth leader knew the student had taken his chance to kiss the young girl, who has slapped HIM instead of the student. The young girl laughed behind her magazine. She knew that the youth leader had tried to kiss her, but kissed the older lady by mistake and she slapped HIM. The older lady knew that the youth leader had kissed the young lady and got slapped for his unwanted affection. The student sat quietly, grateful that his youth leader had stopped talking.
My challenge for you this week is consider the truth of Jesus’ statement, that He is the truth. If He is, then we have no choice but to respond. In John 8:32, Jesus says, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” My prayer for you is that you will receive the freedom that comes from truth.
And if you would like to know what actually happened on the train, you know what to do (Matthew 7:7).